Environment & Energy Report

New Coolant Lawsuit Could Chill Industry Path to Certainty

June 27, 2018, 7:45 PM

A new lawsuit to compel the EPA to enforce portions of Obama-era restrictions on climate-warming coolants adds an additional layer of regulatory uncertainty for U.S. chemical and refrigeration companies that ultimately support limiting the chemicals.

In separate suits, 11 Democratic state attorneys general—led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood—along with the District of Columbia and the Natural Resources Defense Council are contesting April guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency. The guidance said the EPA won’t enforce 2015 restrictions on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs—potent greenhouse gases commonly used as refrigerants—while it rewrites the limits.

The guidance, the agency...

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