Home Depot: Stop selling deadly paint strippers
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No family should lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals.
But more than 60 families across the U.S. have lost loved ones to a dangerous chemical called methylene chloride. It’s found in paint strippers on the shelves of The Home Depot and other stores. Exposure can kill within minutes. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.
And another common paint stripper chemical called N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can have dangerous effects if women of childbearing age or pregnant women use it. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that just one day of exposure to NMP can cause miscarriage or fetal death. NMP is also linked to decreased birth weight and other fetal developmental effects.
Last January, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and NMP in paint strippers, but the agency has yet to act. Since then, at least four more people have died from using paint strippers with methylene chloride. They left behind mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends.
This May, after more than 200,000 people signed petitions like this one to Lowe’s, that company committed to stop selling paint strippers with these dangerous chemicals by the end of 2018.
But Lowe’s top competitor The Home Depot is still refusing to act.
There’s just no good reason for retailers like The Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available.
If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on The Home Depot to ban the sale of toxic paint strippers now.
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