14 Aug 2019
Proposal to Allocate Consumption Allowances for HCFCs under Consideration
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting comments through 30 September on a proposal to allocate production and consumption allowances for specific hydrochlorofluorocarbons, a type of ozone-depleting substance, for the years 2020 through 2029. These HCFCs may be used to service certain equipment manufactured before 2020.
The EPA is also proposing to update other requirements under the programme for controlling production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances and edit the regulatory text to improve readability and clarity. These updates include revising the labelling requirements for containers of specific HCFCs; prohibiting the conversion of HCFC allowances allocated through this rulemaking into allowances for HCFCs that have already been phased out; requiring the use of an electronic reporting system for producers, importers, exporters, transformers and destroyers of class I and class II ozone-depleting substances; revising and removing recordkeeping and reporting requirements; improving the process for petitioning to import used substances for reuse; creating a certification process for importing used and virgin substances for destruction; and restricting the sale of known illegally imported substances.
Additionally, the EPA is proposing to (i) clarify the certification requirements for methybromide quarantine and pre-shipment uses; (ii) add polyurethane foam systems containing ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons to the list of non-essential products; and (iii) update the definition of “destruction” as used in the context of the production and consumption phaseout and remove obsolete provisions.