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 2019Written 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.

  • Read the bill here.
  • Read the lead sponsors’ press release upon introduction of the bill here.
  • File your written testimony directly with the Senate Committee, following the instructions on this page here.
  • For additional information, contact Assistant Chief Counsel Dave Rostker at 202-205-6966.

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