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Judges Nix Second Set of EPA Coolant Regs Under Kavanaugh Ruling

April 5, 2019, 3:04 PM

Federal appeals court judges struck down in large part the second in a pair of Obama-era rules limiting climate-warming coolants, saying they were bound by the court’s rejection of the first regulation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit must reach the same conclusion as it did in 2017, when it vacated much of the initial Obama-era regulation banning certain hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the court said in an April 5 ruling.

The chemicals, commonly used as refrigerants, warm the climate at a rate hundreds of times greater than carbon dioxide.

The Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 ...