EPA moves to curb potent greenhouse gas coolants in first Biden climate regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to limit potent greenhouse gas refrigerants in the Biden administration’s first and likely least controversial regulation to curb climate change.

The proposal, which EPA Administrator Michael Regan signed on Friday and the agency made public Monday, is born from bipartisan legislation passed as part of last year’s spending package. That legislation laid out requirements for the United States to phase down the production and import of powerful greenhouse gas refrigerants known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, by 85% in the next 15 years.

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