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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