Monday, May 29, 2017

EPA determines chemical poses risks to pregnant women

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that the paint and coating removal chemical N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can be harmful to pregnant and childbearing-aged women.

In their final risk assessment for NMP, the EPA found that gloves and respirators do not entirely protect women if they use NMP for more than four hours, either for a single day or over several days. To reduce these risks, the EPA recommends using products without NMP or using NMP products only after taking precautions. The agency is considering voluntary and legislative measures.

The EPA carried out the NMP assessment as part of the its Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan. In order to manage the potential risks of chemicals to both people and the environment, the EPA has singled out certain compounds for assessment. The NMP findings support their efforts.

“It is a reminder that as we evaluate these risks, it is very clear that our nation’s chemical laws are in much need of reform,” assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Jim Jones said. “Completing this assessment will now trigger a process to address these unacceptable risks.”

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