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California Clears Bill to Reduce Refrigerant Emissions

Aug. 31, 2018, 2:21 AM

California would solidify plans to remove refrigerants that are a potent greenhouse gas from the marketplace and help businesses cover costs of the transition, under a bill heading to the governor.

The state has a target of cutting hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Much of that goal would have been met by nationwide restrictions that the Environmental Protection Agency established. However, those reductions were struck down the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in its 2017 decision in Mexichem Fluor Inc. v. EPA.

California’s bill would impose those...

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