U.S. Senate Committee Seeks Testimony on Bill to Reduce Hydrofluorocarbons
The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will conduct an information-gathering process entitled, “S. 2754, American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019: Written Testimony and Questions for the Record.” This bill would authorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate a group of about 20 substances known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are widely used as refrigerants, solvents, fire suppressants, foam blowing agents, aerosols, propellants, and various other applications. HFCs were developed and commercialized as substitutes to substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. This legislation would gradually phase down the production and consumption of HFCs over a 15-year period via an allowance allocation and trading program. This is like the way ozone-depleting substances have been regulated under Title VI of the Clean Air Act.
Written testimony on the bill is due on April 8, 2020.