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EPA/AR RIN: 2060-AR04 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export for 2015 Through 2019 
Abstract: EPA is proposing to adjust the allowance system that controls the U.S. consumption and production of ozone-depleting substances known as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) to lower the amount of available allowances. The U.S. is obligated under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer to limit HCFC consumption and production in a stepwise fashion achieving specific levels by specific dates. This rulemaking would implement the next phasedown step under the treaty, a reduction to 90 percent below the production and consumption baselines beginning January 1, 2015. While much less destructive to stratospheric ozone than chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), HCFCs contribute to ozone depletion and alternatives are available. The HCFC allowance system is part of EPA's program to phaseout chemicals that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer. Protection of the stratospheric ozone layer helps reduce rates of skin cancer and cataracts. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 82 
Legal Authority: 42 USC 7671 to 7671(q) 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2013   
Final Rule  10/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/phaseout/classtwo.html  
Sectors Affected: 238220 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors; 325120 Industrial Gas Manufacturing; 333415 Air-Conditioning and Warm Air Heating Equipment and Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing; 423620 Electrical and Electronic Appliance, Television, and Radio Set Merchant Wholesalers; 423730 Warm Air Heating and Air-Conditioning Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers; 424690 Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Luke Hall-Jordan
Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Radiation
6205J,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 343-9591
Fax:202 343-2338
Email: Hall-Jordan.Luke@epa.gov

 
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