No one should lose a loved one to deadly chemicals. But right now you can walk into Lowe’s and other stores and buy paint strippers containing highly toxic chemicals linked to problems with brain development, miscarriage, cancer and death.
According to reports from OSHA and other sources, paint strippers containing methylene chloride have been linked to more than 50 deaths across the country since 1980. Long-term exposure to this chemical has been linked to neurological toxicity, liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.
In January 2017, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and another chemical called NMP in paint strippers. But late last year, the EPA put the proposed action on an indefinite hold. In Europe methylene chloride was banned from paint strippers in 2012. The EU is also considering banning NMP, which puts women of childbearing age at risk of harm to their fetuses.
Please join us in calling on Lowe’s to stop selling dangerous paint strippers!