methylene chloride


Definition of methylene chloride

: a toxic nonflammable liquid CH2Cl2 used especially as a solvent, paint remover, and aerosol propellant

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But in December, the Pruitt’s EPA indefinitely postponed bans on certain uses of methylene chloride and two other deadly chemicals often found in consumer products. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Mothers lobbied Scott Pruitt to ban a toxic chemical. Two days later, EPA signaled it would.," 11 May 2018 Examples include benzene, found in gasoline; methylene chloride, a solvent and paint stripper; and chemicals emitted by facilities that produce coke for the steel industry. Michael Hawthorne,, "More than half a million Americans exposed to toxic air pollution face cancer risks above EPA guidelines. Check the Tribune’s interactive map to see if you might be one of them.," 25 July 2019 Additionally, Lowe's is has added more safety information to its website about proper use of methylene chloride. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's to ban paint stripper made with potentially dangerous chemicals," 29 May 2018 The head of the Environmental Protection Agency met Tuesday with Cindy Wynne and Wendy Hartley, whose young sons recently died from inhaling methylene chloride, a chemical commonly found in paint strippers sold across the country. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Two grieving mothers convinced Scott Pruitt to do the right thing.," 10 May 2018 Despite the changes, the E.P.A. is still expected to ban the use of methylene chloride as a paint stripper soon — an action first proposed at the end of the Obama administration. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "The Chemical Industry Scores a Big Win at the E.P.A.," 7 June 2018 Last month, the Environmental Defense Fund contacted Pruitt’s office on behalf of the families of Drew Wynne and Kevin Hartley, who both died from methylene chloride exposure. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Lowe's moves before EPA to pull deadly paint strippers from shelves," 30 May 2018 Lowe's is showing leadership as the first major U.S. retailer to eliminate methylene chloride paint strippers from its stores. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's to ban paint stripper made with potentially dangerous chemicals," 29 May 2018 The Obama administration in its last days proposed banning most consumer sales of methylene chloride., "Alkermes building large lab and office building in Waltham," 11 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of methylene chloride

: a nonflammable liquid CH2Cl2 formerly used as an inhalation anesthetic but now used especially as a solvent, paint remover, and aerosol propellant

called also dichloromethane

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