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Final Risk Assessment for Chemical used for Paint and Coating Removal (03/23/2015)
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. EPA released the final risk assessment for N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical commonly used to remove paint and other coatings. The assessment identified risks to pregnant women and women of childbearing age, who have high exposure to NMP through paint or other coating removal. "By completing this assessment, we have taken an important step in protecting pregnant women and women of childbearing age who are using NMP to remove paint," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "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. Completing this assessment will now trigger a process to address these unacceptable risks."

Treading lightly with chemicals (03/19/2015)
A new tool, the Chemical Footprint Project (CFP), aims to establish meaningful measurement of overall corporate performance towards safer chemicals in products and supply chains. Dr. Mark Rossi, project lead and co-founder of NGO Clean Production Action (CPA), says the CFP provides the first-ever common metric of its kind for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies.

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