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Good Climate News: USEPA OK's Hydrocarbon Refrigerants For Non-Vehicle Applications

Good Climate News: USEPA OK's Hydrocarbon Refrigerants For Non-Vehicle Applications

© General Electric Consumer Products One of GE's refigerators using isobutane hydrocarbon refrigerant - Monogram® 30-inch with fully integrated glass-door and convertible drawer. For decades, EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) has helped promote use of progressively improved versions of chlorofluorocarbon and per-flourocarbon refrigerants. The SNAP rule remains good way to ensuring safe and more efficient refrigerant alternatives. Until now, however, if an entrepreneur proposed a hydrocarbon containing product be permitted as refrigerant, competing manufacturers would point out that it might lead to an explosion or fire, should there be a vehicle crash or a slow leak in a refrigerator. And, EPA would back off the approval. Miraculously, 30 gallons of high test gasoline lugged at 65 mph was seen as acceptable while the extremely small amount of butane needed t...

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