Welcome back to the Phaseout Series! Last time we talked about how the international community responded to the discovery that CFC’s were depleting the ozone layer. Today, we’ll come back closer to home and talk about how the United States is handling the issue.
The good news is that the United States started addressing the issue even before the Montreal Protocol came into play. The primary piece of legislation on the subject is the Clean Air Act. Other legislation on air pollution was enacted as early as 1955, and evolved over the years as our understanding of the problems and potential solutions developed.
The amendments to the Clean Air Act that deal with the phaseout of CFC’s were enacted in 1990. This amendment authorized three new programs related to pollution control, expanded existing enforcement authority, and the part that we’re really concerned with: established another program to phase out the use of CFC’s.
The Phaseout of CFC’s is covered by Title VI of the Clean Air Act. All of the information about what substances it pertains to, the schedule for reduction, and any exemptions are public information. If you want to take a look at them, you can find them all on the EPA’s website: http://epa.gov/oar/caa/title6.html
We just passed two more milestones in the production of equipment and of the substance known as R-22. These reductions are a good thing for our planet, but they do impact the everyday operations of companies like Oliver. We’ll talk about the role of HVAC companies and homeowners in our next post. And although I’ve been getting lots and lots of “thank you for this good informationing, I am happy pleased to have found your channel, please to visit website for selling of mudpies” comments, what I’d really like to hear are your questions! What questions can I answer for you about Oliver’s role in the phaseout?
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