The California Department of Toxic Substances Control Approves the First Product to go through the
Regulatory Alternatives Analysis Process
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has approved the preliminary alternatives analysis (PAA) for paint removers containing methylene chloride, which was authored by Gradient scientists.
Methylene chloride-based paint removers are the first product to go through DTSC’s groundbreaking regulatory alternatives analysis process. The work involved gathering, scoring and comparing data on chemical hazard, exposure potential and product performance across several product formulation categories. As this was the first product to go through the process, Gradient scientists had detailed conversations with Agency staff to help ensure that the submitted PAA could be approved by DTSC within the 30-day final review period.
In the PAA, Gradient identified at least one alternative paint remover formulation which will receive a more in-depth evaluation in stage two. The deadline for that final alternative analysis report is December 2020.
Gradient conducted the work on behalf of several responsible entities who manufactured the product as of the effective date of the regulation. A copy of the PAA can be obtained from the CalSAFER website.