EPA: Spray Fixative Products Used in Arts and Crafts Will Soon Be TCE-Free
In late July, EPA reached an agreement with manufacturer PLZ Aeroscience Corporation to voluntarily phase out the use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in its aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product by Sept. 1. According to EPA, the product in question is the only TCE-containing spray fixative product used in arts and crafts still on the market. Products of this type are used by artists, framers, graphic designers, and printers to provide a water-repellant, protective finish. PLZ Aeroscience Corporation committed to stop manufacturing its TCE-containing product by Sept. 1, and EPA will permit the manufacturer to sell existing stocks of the product until they are depleted. EPA also announced a forthcoming significant new use rule (SNUR) to allow the agency to review any proposed new uses of TCE. The SNUR would be issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and would require chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors to notify EPA at least 90 days prior to starting any manufacturing or processing of TCE for a significant new use. More information on the SNUR is available on Regulations.gov. EPA released its final risk assessment for TCE in June 2014, which identified occupational health risks to workers who use the chemical as a degreaser in small commercial shops and as a stain-removing agent in dry cleaning. The risk assessment also addresses health risks to consumers exposed to TCE when using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives.