EPA Official Sees No ‘Immediate’ Plans To Accelerate HFC Phasedown

July 21, 2021
An EPA official is acknowledging a bipartisan statute approved late last year to significantly phase down production and imports of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) could allow the agency to accelerate the schedule for limiting the chemicals, but says EPA has no current plans to do so. The dynamic is “not something we envision immediately, tomorrow we’re going to accelerate to levels we’re not already at,” Cindy Newberg, director of the Stratospheric Protection Division in EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs, said during...

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