Environment

The Washington State Legislature has approved a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) reduction bill (HB1112) based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (EPA SNAP).

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on May 2 intending to bar the U.S. from withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and requiring the administration to develop a plan for achieving the country’s greenhouse gas reduction pledge.

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NAFEM continues to monitor for news on California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) potential standards to measure and reduce NOx emissions from charbroilers and other appliances with burners. These plans ladder up to SCAQMD’s goal to reduce NOx emissions by 17 percent by 2022, with subsequent reductions through 2031.

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As a signatory to the Montreal Protocol agreement to phase out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, Canada has implemented Statutory Order and Regulation (SOR) 2016/137, Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations. The new SOR largely mirrors the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy Rule 21.

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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has confirmed mandatory disclosure statement language for motor bearing, new refrigeration equipment with acceptable refrigerants for sale or entry into commerce in California:

This equipment is prohibited from use in California with any refrigerants on the “List of Prohibited Substances” for that specific end-use, in accordance with California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95374. This disclosure statement has been reviewed and approved by [THE COMPANY] and [THE COMPANY] attests, under penalty of perjury, that these statements are true and accurate.”

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Washington D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated parts of a 2016 EPA rule banning the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) in commercial refrigeration.

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Participate in NAFEM’s Data Protocol Subcommittee and Technical Liasion Committee meetings taking place May 20.  RSVP and suggest discussion topics by Monday, May 6 to Natalie Jarvis.

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Given the newness of the Jan. 1 California Significant New Alternatives Policy SNAP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) bans, NAFEM members have many unanswered questions about compliance with the Act that reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP Rules 20 and 21. To help answer these questions, NAFEM coordinated two conference calls with California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff on Jan. 31 and Feb. 20.

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Given the newness of the Jan. 1 California Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) bans, NAFEM members have many unanswered questions about compliance with the act that reinstated the previously vacated U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP Rules 20 and 21. To help answer these questions, NAFEM coordinated two conference calls with California Air Resources Board (CARB) staff on Jan. 31 and Feb. 20.

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