Environment & Energy Report

Industry Heated as EPA Stays Silent on Global Coolant Deal

May 4, 2018, 8:01 PM

Appliance manufacturers and chemical makers have had enough of the Trump administration’s silence on a global deal to reduce climate-warming coolants, and they’ve got a message for the EPA: Speak up.

For months, the U.S. refrigeration and chemical industries have quietly lobbied the Trump administration to support a 2016 global agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, refrigerant chemicals that are highly potent greenhouse gases. And though a State Department official offered tentative backing for the deal late last year, it’s unclear if the industry is any closer to convincing the president to send the pact to the...

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