Environment & Energy Report

EPA Won’t Enforce Obama-Era Coolant Limits, Seeks Rewrite

April 17, 2018, 8:21 PM

The EPA will start from a blank slate as it weighs whether and how to limit refrigerant chemicals that are potent greenhouse gases, but it’s unclear if the agency will provide the long-term certainty industry is seeking.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidance that it won’t implement a series of Obama-era regulations restricting the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs—chemicals often used as refrigerants that have a global warming potential hundreds to thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.

The rules were issued in 2015 and 2016. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

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