EPA is moving against Trichloroethylene (TCE) exposures.

EPA has proposed a relatively narrow Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on TCE:

“Manufacture or processing for use in a consumer product except for use in cleaners and solvent degreasers, film cleaners, hoof polishes, lubricants, mirror edge sealants, and pepper spray"

Anyone proposing to make a new consumer product outside the exemptions subject to notification and approval by EPA before production for such use could begin or resume.  EPA has also negotiated a voluntary agreement to stop use from a current manufacturer of aerosol spray fixative.

EPA claims it is also initiating rulemaking under TSCA section 6  potentially restricting some commercial degreasing uses and as a spotting agent in dry cleaning - presumed higher exposure workplace uses.

Most production of TCE is industrial as intermediate and metal degreaser which can continue.  The SNUR (and any proposed section 6 rule) would trigger export notification, however.

Find EPA information on risk management actions for TCE here.

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