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Paint and Coating Removal Products and Contracts

In March 2019, the EPA issued a final rule to prohibit the manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution of methylene chloride in all paint and coating removal products for consumer use. The rule has not been implemented so these products are still on the store shelves.  

Proposed procurement goals: 
  • Identify and replace 100% of paint and coating removal products containing methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) with safer alternatives  
  • For alternative products: 
Case studies: 
  • Portland, OR’s Healthy Purchasing Initiative requests “chemical ingredient hazard disclosure of goods and materials purchased by the City including but not limited to: cleaning supplies, office supplies, building products and materials, infrastructure materials.” RPN
  • Massachusetts: Graffiti cleaners must be certified by Green Seal or UL Ecologo, or EPA Safer Choice registered; no aerosol containers.