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EPA's rule amendments for its risk management program (RMP) regulations -- intended to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities and improve emergency response activities when those releases occur -- delayed by Trump administration.
Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SNAP program, Final Rule 21, Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Significant New Alternatives Policy Program New and Changed Listings, lists propane as an acceptable alternative as a refrigerant, subject to use conditions. The new law became effective January 3.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declined on Tuesday to extend the proposed effective date of the status change of certain refrigerants used in refrigeration equipment and liquid chillers under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
In its supporting documents explaining the rationale behind proposed changes to its Risk Management Program rule under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency highlights how the changes seek to better prepare facilities in the event of an accidental release.
In November, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule relating to its refrigerant management program. Should this proposal become a new rule, requirements for refrigerant leak detection will change.
Owners and operators of industrial and commercial refrigeration systems could face stringent new requirements if a current proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) becomes effective. Owners and operators in California already must satisfy new mandates thanks to new regulations already implemented by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed a proposed rule on October 15 that would more fully implement the prohibition under section 608 of the Clean Air Act against knowingly venting, releasing or disposing of ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants.