Environment

EPA will host a series of series of workshops for stakeholders in various sectors of the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. The workshops will take place at EPA HQ in Washington, D.C. on July 17 and 18. Click here for details. 

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In early May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a stakeholder meeting to discuss how the agency might proceed in developing a response to the U.S. Circuit Court vacating the 2015 Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule that attempted to ban the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) commonly used in a number of commercial foodservice equipment categories.

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California Assembly Bill No. 3232, if approved, would require a proceeding to consider strategies to best reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the State’s residential and commercial buildings by at least 40 percent from 1990 levels by January 1, 2030.

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At its March 22-23 meeting in Riverside, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California intends to do so by adopting the prohibitions on the use of certain refrigerants originally proposed in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) that was vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a stakeholder meeting to gather input as it begins developing a response to the U.S. Circuit Court vacating the 2015 Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with its plans to adopt the same EPA SNAP list of unacceptable HFCs that was recently vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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There is ongoing pressure to remove HFCs from the supply chain.

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The Jan. 26 decision reaffirmed that EPA does not have authority to regulate HFCs under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act, since they are non-ozone depleting substances.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program implements section 612 of the amended Clean Air Act of 1990, which requires EPA to evaluate substitutes for the ozone-depleting substances to reduce overall risk to human health and the environment.

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