"E.P.A. Moves to Limit Toxic Chemical Used in Hundreds of Products"

"The chemical, N-Methylpyrrolidone, or NMP, has been linked to miscarriages, reduced male fertility and other health problems."

"The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed limits on the use of N-Methylpyrrolidone, a solvent in many products used by both consumers and workers, ranging from arts and crafts supplies to paint remover, that is linked to serious health effects.

The chemical, also known as NMP, is used to make semiconductors and lithium ion batteries, and is also found in plastics, paints and consumer cleaning products. It has been found to cause miscarriages, reduced male fertility and damage to the liver, kidneys and immune and nervous systems.

If finalized, the E.P.A.’s rule would ban some commercial uses of NMP, such as in automotive and cleaning products, and limit the concentration of NMP allowed in some consumer products, such as glue. It would also establish safeguards, including requirements for protective equipment, for workers exposed to NMP."

Coral Davenport reports for the New York Times June 5, 2024.

Source: NYTimes, 06/06/2024