EPA’s Final R-22 Phase-Down Could Mean Immediate Shortages

The Environmental Protection Agency announced its final phase-down schedule for HCFC-22, addressing production and importation of the substance. In the final rulemaking, the agency called for a 57 percent reduction from the 2014 allocation. The move prompted several cooling industry organizations to warn of impending reductions in domestic inventory. The final phase down will culminate in a total ban on the import of R-22 in the U.S. on or after Jan. 1, 2020.

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