CARB Launches Rulemaking for EPA SNAP Rules

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California agency seeks input for adopting EPA SNAP’s HFC delisting rules and SLCP strategy’s HFC phase-down plans.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a public workshop Tuesday, October 24 as the first step towards adopting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) rules on HFC delistings. The workshop also addressed next steps on regulating high-GWP HFCs through CARB’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Strategy.

CARB’s proposed plan is to adopt all provisions from the EPA SNAP rules 20 and 21 – which delist high-GWP HFCs – by reference for stationary refrigeration and air conditioning. That would include:

  • Supermarket systems (new and retrofit)
  • Remote condensing units (new and retrofit)
  • Stand-alone (self-contained) refrigeration
  • Refrigerated vending machines
  • Retail food (refrigerated food processing and dispensing equipment)
  • Cold storage
  • Chillers

This is another example of California’s leadership in the move towards natural refrigerants, and this will be warmly welcomed by the industry.” – Derek Hamilton, vice president of business development for Portland, Ore.-based shecco America.

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President Xi’s Speech Had 89 Mentions of the ‘Environment,’ Just 70 of the ‘Economy’

China, Xi, Refrigerant As seen in Bloomberg Politic’s, when China’s President Xi recently laid out his vision statement to the 19th Congress, he mentioned the word ‘environment’ 89 times compared to the word ‘economy’ only 70 times.

“Bloomberg Intelligence crunched the rhetoric in the Chinese-language version of the president’s speech to the 19th Communist Party congress. The results are emblematic of China’s bid to pivot away from the smokestack industries that delivered it double-digit growth as public dissatisfaction over pollution and food scandals mounts.”

This has also been driving the recent refrigerant production shutdowns in China as production facilities are required to meet new environmental standards.

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CARB to Consider Adopting SNAP’s HFC Bans

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In reaction to appeals court ruling, a public workshop on Oct. 24 will look at continuing EPA’s HFC delistings for stationary refrigeration and air conditioning end uses in California.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a public workshop on October 24 to discuss beginning a rulemaking process to adopt into state regulations the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Rule prohibitions of HFCs in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning end uses.

The workshop will also further evaluate the proposed HFC mitigation strategies identified in CARB’s adopted Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) Strategy for potential future rulemakings.

The rulemaking to adopt the SNAP program’s bans on HFCs is in response to a U.S. Court of Appeals 2-1 panel ruling on August 8 that the EPA cannot require companies to replace HFCs designated for HVAC&R equipment with low-GWP substances under the SNAP program.

“Although CARB is actively defending these [SNAP rules] in court, and believes that the federal program is the preferred path to achieve these reductions, it must consider state law alternatives as well in order to reach state [HFC] reduction targets,” said CARB

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States Support Appeal of Mexichem Decision

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States Support Appeal of Mexichem Decision. 11 states have submitted an amicus brief to the D.C. Circuit supporting the EPA and requesting a rehearing, arguing that the court’s interpretation of the rule and regulatory scheme will harm their ability to reach their GHG emission reduction goals and will expose residents to greater harm from climate change.

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