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EPA completes rule to phase out gases used as refrigerants
The new rule, which follows through on a law Congress passed last year, is intended to decrease U.S. production and use of HFCs by 85% over the next 15 years, part of a global phaseout designed to slow global warming.
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The rule is expected to reduce harmful emissions by the equivalent of 4.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide by 2050, McCarthy said, a total similar to three years of emissions from the U.S. power sector.
...because every commercial and residential "appliance" owner will dump their obsolete HFC cooling equipment in landfills?
Working with the departments of Justice, State and Defense, the task force will "detect, deter and disrupt any attempt to illegally import or produce HFCs in the United States,″ the White House said in a fact sheet.

Joseph Goffman, a top official with EPA's air and radiation office, said the experience of the European Union shows that enforcement is an important part of an HFC crackdown.

"Unfortunately, (the EU) has experienced a lot of illegal activity" on HFC imports and other issues, Goffman said. "We're going to be vigorous and proactive" in trying to stop illegal imports, he said.

Gee. Looks like I've got more homework to do before assuming $12K+ debt to replace my HVAC.

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American Innovation and Manufacturing  Act

On December 27, 2020, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 was enacted as section 103 in Division S, Innovation for the Environment, of the [2,124 pp] Consolidated Appropriations Act of ["]2021["]
Can an alternate refrigerant be used in my existing R-22 air-conditioning system?
The R-410A used in our newer systems cannot be substituted into existing systems designed for use with R-22 refrigerant. Many manufacturers offer "alternate" refrigerants like R-407C, R-438A and R-422, claiming they can be used in existing R-22 air-conditioning systems. Changing from R-22 to an alternate refrigerant can damage equipment and compromise overall system performance. Learn more
In response to rising prices, many refrigerant manufacturers have stepped up their marketing efforts for several "alternate" refrigerants, claiming they are cost-effective "drop-in" replacements for R‑22. The three most popular are R‑407C, R‑438A (also known as ISCEON M099) and R‑422.

The problems associated with these alternate refrigerants are many ...

by Cat on Thu Sep 23rd, 2021 at 06:00:34 PM EST

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