WASHINGTON— Two chemicals commonly used in the manufacturing of paint strippers can have hazardous effects on workers and consumers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

The EPA said people should minimize exposure to Dichloromethane (DCM) and Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), which are commonly found in paint thinners. EPA estimates that more than 230,000 workers nationwide are directly exposed to DCM from DCM-containing paint strippers. EPA recommends consumers check product labels for DCM or Methylene Chloride and if found, take precautions to reduce exposures, such as using the product outside or in a well-ventilated area. EPA also recommends wearing protective equipment.

The EPA is considering a range of voluntary and regulatory actions to address concerns. The agency will begin examining options in the fall. 

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