Earlier this month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, released draft risk assessments on five chemical uses from the list of 83 chemical uses up for review under the existing chemicals program, an American Coatings Asociation release reveals. 

The five chemical uses are as follows:

1) methylene chloride or dichloromethane (DCM)
2) n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) in paint stripper products
3) trichloroethylene (TCE) as a degreaser and a spray-on protective coating
4) antimony trioxide (ATO) as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants
5) 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8,-hexamethylcyclopenta-[γ]-2-benzopyran (HHCB) as a fragrance ingredient in commercial and consumer products.

Specifically, ACA is focusing on the review of methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone. 

ACA is searching for possible peer reviewers, and reviewing the risk assessments to draft comments. Comments or suggestions on possible peer reviewers for these five risk assessments, or any of the remaining chemical uses, may be directed to ACA.

The EPA risk assessments are available at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/workplans.html.
EPA is accepting public comments from peer reviewers until Feb. 8, 2013, and comments on the risk assessments until March 11, 2013.