EPA Adds 2 HCFC Regulations To Protect Ozone

Law360, New York (December 12, 2009, 4:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has signed two final rules regulating chemicals in an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and cut ozone-depleting pollutants.

The two rules, which will go into effect in 2010, restrict the availability and use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons, which are primarily used as refrigerants and which the agency said harm the ozone layer.

The first rule prohibits the use of specific HCFC compounds to manufacture new air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment, but continues to allow the limited use of HCFC to service existing equipment....
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