The EPA plans to complete a new SNAP rule within the next year. Environmental organisations, riled by the EPA’s decision to push back many of the delisting dates for HFCs, filed petitions seeking concrete deadlines to end numerous HFC uses.
“We intend to continue looking at the alternatives by individual sectors, so within sectors and within the applications of end uses. Within that framework we are not looking at the across the board cut off based on GWP level. Instead we are looking at the available alternatives for individual end uses. It means that we are not going to ban any particular HFC as a whole, across the board or in any particular sector. It also means that we will continue delisting the new HFCs or blends if in any particular contact there are any other substances available,” said Drusilla Hufford (Director of EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division).