On August 8, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Clean Air Act because the Clean Air Act only provided the EPA authority to regulate ozone-depleting substances. Consider the following context regarding the ruling:
The decision of this court does not change the reality facing HFC users in all industry sectors, including fire suppression and solvent cleaning. Both the Obama and Trump Administrations supported the U.S. EPA’s authority to regulate HFCs, leading U.S. HFC producers support HFC regulation, and the U.S. needs regulatory instruments to meet its HFC commitments under the Montreal Protocol. The court also highlighted other potential regulatory instruments – all suggesting that this court ruling may not be the final word on HFCs.
HFCs are not considered long-term, sustainable solutions. In markets including fire suppression, solvent and aerosol formulating, and solvent cleaning and vapor degreasing, there are many HFC-alternatives available, including 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid and 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids. Novec products are designed to optimize performance while minimizing impacts on health, safety and the environment.
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