Can 43 Shares Make a Difference? YES! By Holly Testa Download the PDF The issue: The retail sale of products containing methylene chloride and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). Commonly found in paint strippers, these chemicals have been linked to dozens of deaths by asphyxiation and heart attack, and are suspected carcinogens. In spite of the serious hazards presented, these chemicals are still widely available at many retailers, including Lowe’s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a ban of these two chemicals from retail shelves in January 2017, but implementation has been delayed. The non-profit partner: Mind the Store, a campaign of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.