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US E.P.A. moves to limit toxic chemical used in hundreds of products

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🗞️ Driving the news:
The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) proposed new limits on the use of N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP), a chemical linked to serious health issues, including miscarriages and reduced male fertility
• The rule aims to ban NMP in some commercial uses and limit its concentration in consumer products, alongside implementing protective measures for workers

🔭 The context:
NMP is found in various products, from semiconductors and lithium-ion batteries to paints and cleaning supplies
• The Biden administration has been actively imposing constraints on harmful chemicals, including banning certain types of asbestos and limiting methylene chloride use

🌍 Why it matters for the planet:
Limiting NMP usage and exposure is crucial for protecting human health and the environment from toxic chemicals
• This aligns with broader efforts to regulate harmful substances and promote safer industrial practices

⏭️ What's next:
The E.P.A. will finalize the rule after a period of public comment and review. Further regulations on other harmful chemicals are expected as part of ongoing initiatives under updated chemical safety laws

💬 One quote:
“We’re making great strides in our efforts to protect people’s health from exposure to chemicals like NMP,” said Michal Freedhoff, E.P.A.’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

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