WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) –
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Dec. 7 that it has
proposed a ban on select uses of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE).
According to EPA, the chemical presents health risks when used as a degreaser
and as a spot removal agent in dry cleaning.
first time in a generation, we are able to restrict chemicals already in
commerce that pose risks to public health and the environment,” said Jim Jones, assistant administrator for the
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.
“Once finalized, today's action will help protect
consumers and workers from cancer and other serious health risks when they are
exposed to aerosol degreasing, and when dry cleaners use spotting agents. I am confident that the new authority Congress
has given us is exactly what we need to finally address these important issues.”
The proposal includes a ban
on manufacturing, processing and distributing TCE as an aerosol degreasing product
or for use in spot cleaning in dry cleaning facilities.
EPA is currently seeking
public comment on the proposed rule. After 60 days, the proposal will become a
rule in the Federal Register.