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Purging Coolant Rules Costs Millions More Than EPA Says: Industry

Oct. 17, 2018, 11:05 AM

The EPA significantly understated the cost to industry of walking back Obama-era leak-repair requirements for climate-warming coolants, refrigeration and chemical industry groups told agency staff.

The missing costs, which include increased energy consumption and potential retraining of equipment service workers, came as part of a chorus of opposition directed at the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to reverse the Obama administration rule during an Oct. 16 hearing.

Major chemical makers, refrigeration groups, organizations representing service workers, and educators in the industry joined environmental groups in urging EPA staff to maintain the 2016 rule.

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