June 11 - June 15, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, prohibiting the consumer and commercial paint-stripping uses for the chemical. Do you agree with this move?

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Tagged categories: EPA; Good Technical Practice; Methylene chloride; North America; Regulations

Comment from Robert Bullard, (6/11/2018, 8:53 AM)

I came by an antique door painted over for decor. It had been salvaged from a demolished house. I applied paint stripper in my home garage and left it overnight. I had left the garage door cracked at the bottom for ventilation. In the morning, the methylene chloride in the air of the garage was very heavy and there was a light 'film' of condensate on glass and metal surfaces. I set up fans and started doing a wipe down of condensate as the odor diminished. Poking around, I found the fresh carcass of a dead rat where it had been chewing on a bag of dog food. There being no rat poison in the garage, I can only assume the methylene chloride did it in after it slid under my cracked garage door during the night.

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