AHRI “Disappointed” in EPA SNAP Refrigerant Rule

09/27/2016 |

Decision not to extend effective date dismisses impact on industry and consumers

The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) expressed dissatisfaction in the decision of the EPA to decline the extension of the proposed effective date of the status change of particular refrigerants used in liquid chillers under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.

In a joint letter issued in February 2016, AHRI and the Natural Resources Defense Council requested the EPA change the proposed effective date to January 1st, 2025, to ensure the safety of alternatives, the continued improvement of system efficiency, reasonable product development timelines, and the avoidance of market migration.
"We are extremely disappointed that the EPA failed to take into account the impact on industry and consumers in making this decision," says AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek.  "We are very concerned that this decision will have an adverse effect on our industry and the 1.2 million Americans we employ," he added, noting that "making compliance a year sooner has a negligible benefit for the environment, but it does create an economic burden for the industry that provides comfort cooling and heating, commercial refrigeration technologies, and hot water for every American."  

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