16 Dec '11, 6pm

EPA OKs First Green Alternatives for Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

EPA OKs First Green Alternatives for Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added three hydrocarbons as acceptable alternatives in household and small commercial refrigerators and freezers through EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program. EPA took action after requests from Ben and Jerry's and General Electric, as well as A.S. Trust & Holdings, and True Manufacturing, a family owned small business. These businesses are helping to clear the way for U.S. companies to use ozone layer-protective hydrocarbon refrigerants. "Today's action is a great example of how businesses and EPA can work together to protect our planet and drive innovation," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "This action increases the options for effective, climate-friendly refrigerants in the U.S." Under the Clean Air Act, the SNAP program evaluates substitute chemical...

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