Lowe’s Drops Paint Strippers Blamed in Dozens of Deaths

paint cans and brushesFrom New York Times, May 29, 2018.

WASHINGTON — Lowe’s, the large home improvement retailer, announced Tuesday that it will no longer sell paint strippers that contain the chemicals methylene chloride and NMP, which have been blamed in dozens of accidental deaths.

The Obama administration, in its final days, concluded that the two chemicals represented “unreasonable risks” and moved to ban them for use as paint strippers. But the Environmental Protection Agency has not enacted the ban.

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