This week, LDA and 16 LDA state affiliates, along with partner organizations, sent a letter urging Lowe’s to take swift action to protect people from methylene chloride and N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), toxic chemicals commonly found in paint strippers sold in Lowe’s stores throughout the country.
Children whose mothers are exposed to methylene chloride or NMP during pregnancy are at higher risk for problems with brain development, learning and behavior. Studies link men’s exposure to the toxic solvents to impaired sperm quality and higher risk of babies with low birth weight, which in turn can contribute to learning and developmental disabilities.
Methylene chloride has also been linked to more than 50 deaths since 1980, including Drew Wynne, a 31-year-old entrepreneur from Charleston, South Carolina who died from exposure to methylene chloride in a paint stripper purchased at Lowe’s in the fall of 2017.
“We need Lowe’s to act now to protect children and consumers from these products. There is no reason for any retailer to sell products containing chemicals that put babies’ brains – or people’s lives – at risk,” said Beth McGaw, LDA president.
Please sign our petition today to tell Lowe’s to stop selling paint removal products that put children’s brain development and people’s lives in danger!
Take the time to see what “CBS This Morning” had to say recently about this issue in the below video.