U.S. EPA: Public Meeting on Methylene Chloride in Furniture Refinishing

September 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am EDT – 4:00 pm EDT

EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, in collaboration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, is holding a public workshop on the use of the paint remover methylene chloride in furniture refinishing. This workshop will inform decisions concerning regulating the use of methylene chloride in furniture refinishing. EPA learned during consultations with small businesses that many commercial furniture re-finishers rely on methylene chloride for paint and coating removal.

Federal and state governments, industry professionals, furniture refinishing experts, non-government organizations, and academic experts, among others, will discuss the role of methylene chloride in furniture refinishing, potential alternatives, economic impacts, and other issues identified in its January 2017 proposed rule on methylene chloride, which deferred action on the use of methylene chloride in commercial furniture refinishing. This information will allow EPA to better understand current work practices and obtain additional information on potential economic impacts to commercial furniture re-finishers. The meeting also aims to facilitate an exchange of information on existing use practices and experience with alternatives among furniture re-finishers.

Online participation is available if you are unable to attend in person.

Find out more about this online session and how to register.