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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 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register notice seeking information on the measurement of average use cycles, or periods of use, in its test procedures. The agency is seeking to better understand whether there are provisions in its test procedures for consumer appliances and industrial equipment that could be improved to produce results that are more representative of average use cycles, or periods of use.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Request for Information (RFI) to consider whether to amend its test procedures for automatic commercial icemakers (ACIM). Comments were due April 18. NAFEM will continue to monitor this situation.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification.

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On April 4, President Trump, who had been threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico, said he will give Mexico a “one-year warning” before doing so.

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The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) wants to hear from small- or medium-sized NAFEM-member companies facing trade barriers exporting to the U.K. due to the country’s pending exit from the European Union.

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It’s been more than one year since the U.S. imposed 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum. “The tariffs continue to hurt steel-using manufacturers and consumers across the U.S.,” according to a recent statement by the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU), of which NAFEM is a member. “More and more manufacturers are reporting lost business to overseas competitors because of high steel prices in the U.S. and experiencing long delivery times for steel from the U.S. suppliers because the domestic steel industry cannot meet demand.”

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In a 2 – 1 decision, a U.S. Court of International Trade tribunal ruled that President Trump’s use of the Section 232 Trade Expansion Act to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum does not violate the separation of powers outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

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