Applaud Regulation on Hazardous Refrigerants

Target: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Goal: Applaud decision to regulate harmful gases typically found in air conditioners and refrigerators.

New regulations have been announced that will protect both human health and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promised to enforce hydroflourocarbon (HFC) emissions. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases found within refrigerant fluid that is used primarily in refrigerators and air conditioners. They are not only harmful to human health but also environmental health; even small amounts can contribute to long-lasting atmospheric damage. Though HFCs are not yet banned completely, this announcement is a positive step forward in the battle against climate change.

The EPA’s recent actions are meant to align with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which outlines a strategy to reduce carbon pollution in the United States. Among the EPA’s actions is a new rule regarding the distribution, handling, and recycling of HFCs. It is vital to strictly regulate these aspects because leaks, servicing, and disposal of HFCs are the main methods by which the harmful chemicals breach atmospheric layers. Essentially, the new rule, which is to be finalized in 2016, more strictly enforces current regulations. By requiring more stringent regulations, there is less likelihood of these gases harming our atmosphere.

Gina McCarthy, the Administrator of the EPA, is confident that the new rule will result in a significant reduction in emissions. Additionally, she announced that once safer alternatives are readily available, the status of dangerous HFCs will then be deemed ‘unacceptable.’ The agency also hopes to approve multiple climate-friendly alternatives next year in order to further hasten the transition. Companies within the private sector have been working hard to provide these alternatives.

Sign the petition below to thank Administrator McCarthy and the rest of the EPA for announcing these new regulations. As a result of their work, we are one step closer to a healthier and more sustainable planet.


Dear Administrator McCarthy,

I am writing to thank you and the rest of the EPA for fighting to protect our environment against HFCs. It is clear that these potent greenhouse gases pose a threat to both human and environmental health, so I praise the EPA’s efforts to transition to cleaner ingredients. An aspect of the new regulation regards a stricter enforcement of the distribution, handling, and recycling of HFCs. This progressive decision will reduce devastating damage.

While the work to protect the health of our planet and its inhabitants is far from over, these new actions are paving the way to a more sustainable future. For that, I thank you. Please continue to work toward a HFC-free future.


[Your Name Here]

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