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Europe Bans Dichloromethane from Use in Paint Strippers

2:23 AM MST | January 26, 2009 | KARA SISSELL

The European Parliament and European Council have approved a ban on dichloromethane (DCM) from paint strippers intended for consumer use and have strengthened the restrictions on commercial applications of these products, industry groups say. The restrictions will not necessarily reduce health risks for users, says industry group European Chlorinated Solvent Association (ECSA; Brussels). “There is compelling evidence that the most popular alternative chemicals and methods of paint removal present a greater risk than DCM paint strippers,” ECSA says...

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