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EPA Seeks to Ban Some HFCs

Posted June 16, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Seeking to spur adoption of more climate-friendly alternatives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to ban the use of certain hydrofluorocarbons, a class of greenhouse gases commonly known as HFCs, widely used in air conditioners, refrigerators, and fire extinguishers. The EPA proposes listing as unacceptable certain flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants and blends for retrofitting existing residential central air conditioning equipment designed for non-flammable refrigerants, as well as propylene and the hydrocarbon blend R-443A in specific end uses in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors in favor of safer alternatives.


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06/17/2016 1:51 PM

Yeah, but whatever became of "acid rain" and the "hole in the ozone layer"? Alas, their time in the limelight came and went with the advancement of the next "Oh, Big Brother, save me from this disaster!" scare of the week. Why don't "they" just admit that all of this monkeying around with refrigerants is nothing more than attempts to deprive the rich, fat, dumb Americans (like me, except for the "rich" part) of their air conditioning? Hell, R-12 is still in use in many places; how did eliminating it from America make any difference whatsoever in or near Antarctica?

The EPA has already been successful in having carbon dioxide branded as a "pollutant"; what do we do when they outlaw CO2? Stop breathing? The EPA could prove to be the ultimate health hazard!

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06/17/2016 2:46 PM

I have already stockpiled about a dozen cans of R-134a. As I use them, I will replace them in kind so I'll always keep about dozen or so cans on the shelf so when the EPA decides to ban R-134a like R-12, I will have a supply to keep my automobiles running until their end-of-life.

The writing is on the wall (Wash. Post article 2014).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-targets-a-popular-coolant-in-new-effort-to-curb-greenhouse-gases/2014/09/15/cd24c738-3d18-11e4-9587-5dafd96295f0_story.html

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-05-23/pdf/2016-12117.pdf

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