Environment & Energy Report

Judges Give EPA Alternatives to Revive Chemical Coolants Ban

Aug. 8, 2017, 3:22 PM

The same judges who struck down the EPA’s ban on refrigerants that are also potent greenhouse gases may have outlined a path forward for the agency should it want to try again.

A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Aug. 8 that the agency’s ban on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, is invalid because it overstepped its authority. However, attorneys following this case say the court pointed out the EPA has other tools at its disposal to ban HFCs, which can trap heat in the atmosphere thousands of times more efficiently than an equivalent amount...

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