WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) recently finalized two rules designed to reduce the projected growth
and emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
HFCs are used in the refrigeration and
air conditioning industries and can be thousands of times more powerful than
“These two rules demonstrate the United States’ continued
leadership in protecting public health and the environment,” EPA
Administrator Gina McCarthy said.
“We are reducing emissions of HFCs that are
harmful to the climate system and showing the world that we can do this
responsibly and thoughtfully by working with businesses and environmental
groups. I’m especially excited that we have taken these actions ahead of next
month’s Montreal Protocol negotiations.”
The rules are a part of EPA’s recent actions
demonstrating U.S. commitment to climate-damaging HFC emission reduction at
home. EPA will continue to work with other countries to amend the Montreal
Protocol to address HFCs worldwide.
EPA met with industry leaders, environmental groups and
interested stakeholders, and then took public comment before developing and
finalizing these rules.