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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AV46 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Restrictions on Certain Uses of Hydrofluorocarbons Under Subsection (i) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act 

EPA is considering a rule that will in part respond to petitions granted under subsection (i) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020, enacted on December 27, 2020. Specifically, EPA is considering a rule restricting, fully, partially, or on a graduated schedule, the use of HFCs in sectors or subsectors including the refrigeration, air conditioning, aerosol, and foam sectors, and establishing recordkeeping and reporting requirements, and addressing other related elements of the AIM Act.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 84   
Legal Authority: American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: This rule is required to meet the statutory provisions of subsection (i) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, enacted on December 27, 2020, provides EPA new authorities to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in three main areas: phasing down the production and consumption of listed HFCs, maximizing reclamation and minimizing releases of these HFCs and their substitutes in equipment (e.g., refrigerators and air conditioners), and facilitating the transition to next-generation technologies by restricting the use of HFCs in particular sectors or subsectors. Subsection (i) of the AIM Act provides that a person may petition EPA to promulgate a rule for the restriction on use of a regulated substance in a sector or subsector. The statute requires EPA to grant or deny a petition under not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the petition. If EPA grants a petition under subsection (i), then the statute requires EPA to promulgate a final rule not later than two years after the date on which the EPA grants the petition. In carrying out a rulemaking or making a determination to grant or deny a petition, the statute requires EPA, to the extent practicable, to take into account specified factors.

Alternatives: The alternatives for establishing a subsection (i) rule are whether to restrict, fully, partially, or on a graduated schedule, the use of HFCs in sectors or subsectors.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The Agency will prepare a Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) to provide the public with estimated potential costs and benefits of this action.

Risks: EPA is still evaluating the scope and risks associated with a prospective rule.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2022 
Final Rule  09/00/2023 
Additional Information: .
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Joshua Shodeinde
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 7408M,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-7037