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EPA/OCSPP RIN: 2070-AK07 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) and Methylene Chloride; Rulemaking Under TSCA Section 6(a) 

Section 6 of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides authority for EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemical, as well as any manner or method of disposal of chemicals. Methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) are used in paint and coating removal in commercial processes, consumer products, and residential settings. In the August 2014 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for methylene chloride and the March 2015 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for NMP, EPA identified risks from use of these chemicals in paint and coating removal. EPA determined that these are unreasonable risks. On January 19, 2017, EPA proposed under section 6 prohibitions and restrictions on the use of methylene chloride and in consumer and most types of commercial paint and coating removal. In that proposal, EPA identified commercial furniture refinishing as an industry for which EPA would like more information before proposing regulations to address the risks presented by methylene chloride, and announced its intention to propose a separate rulemaking to address those risks.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605 Toxic Substances Control Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/19/2017  82 FR 7464   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  05/01/2017  82 FR 20310   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  05/19/2017 
Supplemental NPRM  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:  
Sectors Affected: 238320 Painting and Wall Covering Contractors; 238330 Flooring Contractors; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 336411 Aircraft Manufacturing; 336611 Ship Building and Repairing; 711510 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers; 712110 Museums; 811121 Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance; 811420 Reupholstery and Furniture Repair 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Niva Kramek
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-4830

Joel Wolf
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7404M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0432