Advocacy

The topic of Bisphenol A (BPA) continues to be of importance across the industry, especially for member companies that manufacture items sold to consumers, such as smallwares, ice bins, etc.

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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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California Air Resources Board Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) California has joined a worldwide movement to help stall climate change by limiting global warming to below a 2°C scientifically determined threshold through 2050.

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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has drafted the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan – a regional blueprint for achieving federal air quality standards primarily through reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions across the greater Los Angeles area.

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On September 30, NAFEM legal counsel appeared in the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, to request the Court vacate the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) final energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration equipment.

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On December 29, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that proposes to require importers of a variety of products and equipment to provide the DOE a certificate of admissibility for each shipment of covered products or equipment before their arrival at a U.S. port of entry.

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The transportation industry has undergone tremendous change in the past few years. New regulations have reduced the number of hours qualified drivers can operate and tightened driver qualifications – which reduced the number of qualified drivers.

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NAFEM members who either manufacture or sell commercial refrigeration equipment in Canada may be required to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), if proposed Environment Canada regulations are approved.

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On April 18, the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) guidelines introduced a major change to the concealed damage claim rule.

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