Small Business Environmental Roundtable – January 20, 2023

The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet virtually to discuss the following topics, beginning at 1 PM. on January 20, 2023. The meeting will be held using the Microsoft Teams platform.

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
EPA Proposed Rule on Restrictions on Certain Uses of HFCs

Erin Birgfeld, EPA Office of Air and Radiation

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EPA Proposed Rule on Restrictions on Certain Uses of HFCs

On December 27, 2020, the President signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021,” which includes the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020 (AIM Act). The AIM Act directs EPA to establish a regulatory framework for phasing down the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) over a fifteen-year period.  HFCs are targeted because they are a highly potent greenhouse gas.

In addition, a statutory phase-down, the AIM Act gave EPA authority to restrict uses of HFCs. On December 15, 2022, EPA published the first proposed rule under this authority. EPA is proposing to restrict the use of certain higher-GWP HFCs in aerosols, foams, and refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump products and equipment. The proposed rule would prohibit manufacture and import of products containing restricted HFCs by January 1, 2025, in most cases, and would prohibit the sale, distribution, and export of products containing restricted HFCs a year later, which in most cases would be January 1, 2026.

Comments on the proposed rule are due January 29, 2023.

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