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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AV98 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Review and Renewal of Eligibility for Application-specific Allowances  

The AIM Act identifies six applications that are to receive “the full quantity of [HFC] allowances necessary, based on projected, current, and historical trends,” under the allowance allocation program through the end of 2025. The six applications are a propellant in metered dose inhalers, defense sprays, structural composite preformed polyurethane foam for marine use and trailer use, the etching of semiconductor material or wafers and the cleaning of chemical vapor deposition chambers within the semiconductor manufacturing sector, mission-critical military end uses, and onboard aerospace fire suppression. EPA can renew this status for up to five years at a time based on statutory criteria outlined in the AIM Act. This proposed rule will review and consider whether to renew eligibility for each of the six applications, consistent with this statutory process under AIM subsection (e)(4)(B). Additionally, EPA intends to establish how it will review eligibility if petitioned for inclusion of additional applications and to consider revisions to existing regulatory requirements.

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 84   
Legal Authority: American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 (42 U.S.C. 7675)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: This rule is required to meet the statutory provisions of subsection (e) of the AIM Act.

Summary of the Legal Basis: The American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, enacted on December 27, 2020, provides EPA authority 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 (e)(iv)(B) requires EPA to allocate the full quantity of allowances necessary for 6 applications. Five years after enactment of the AIM Act, the statute requires that EPA review the 6 applications, and, if the statutory criteria are met, authorize the production or consumption, as applicable, of any regulated substance used in the application for renewable periods of not more than 5 years for exclusive use in the application.

Alternatives: The alternatives for establishing a subsection (e)(4)(B) rule are, for each application, to either authorize the production or consumption, as applicable, of any regulated substance used in an application for a renewable period of not more than 5 years for exclusive use in that application or to not extend the provisions under (e)(4)(B)(iv).

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: EPA is still evaluating the potential costs and benefits of this prospective action, but does not expect that this rule will have a significant economic effect.

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

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nikita Naik
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-4957