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A Guide to Information on Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Depletion
Published July 1988 through June 1999

FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 6, DECEMBER 1988

NEWS...
REPLACING CFCs


Item #d88dec4

"The Elusive Replacements for CFCs," R. Pool, Science, pp. 666-668, Nov. 4, 1988. Reviews the problem posed by CFCs, the difficulties faced by commercial producers in introducing substitutes, and current plans in the U.S. for pilot- and commercial-scale plants.


Item #d88dec5

"Industry Develops Ozone-Friendly Processes," D. MacKenzie, New Scientist, pp. 30-31, Nov. 19, 1988. Covers problems faced by industries and the armed forces in adapting to CFC substitutes, discussed at the meeting in The Hague in October. Discusses the difficulty of finding replacements for halons, used in fire extinguishers, and the problems posed for users.


Item #d88dec6

In Chemical and Engineering News: the U.K.'s ICI Corp. moves ahead with plant to produce CFC-134a near Liverpool, p. 13, Nov. 28, 1988; U.S. Department of Defense sets up task force to find alternatives to CFC-113, p. 18, ibid.; Pennwalt Corp. will start producing HCFC-142b, a replacement for CFC-12 aerosol propellant, at a New Jersey plant soon, p. 21, Nov. 14.


Item #d88dec7

"CFC Producers, Users, Step Up Efforts Toward Phaseout of Chlorofluorocarbons," BNA Environ. Reporter, pp. 520-521, Oct. 12, 1988. On the basis of the Ozone Trends Panel report of last March, the Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, a coalition of companies that use or produce halocarbons, urged a complete phaseout in a letter to EPA administrator Lee Thomas. Reviews the manufacturing plants planned for substitute production by Du Pont, and activities of Japanese and European firms.


Item #d88dec8

"Du Pont Steps Up Commercialization of Substitutes for Chlorofluorocarbons," ibid., pp. 1157-1158, Oct. 7, 1988. In a Sep. 29 press conference Joseph Glas, director of Du Pont's Freon Products Division, discusses how the company will speed commercial introduction of CFC substitutes to as early as 1990, and the capital and research investments involved.


Item #d88dec9

"Joint Effort to Accelerate Testing of Alternative CFCs," JAPCA, pp. 1330-1331, Oct. 1988. ATOCHEM Inc. of New Jersey, which in March announced an agreement with Allied-Signal to develop CFC substitutes, will participate with seven other international CFC producers in a second "Program for Alternate Fluorocarbon Toxicity Testing," for HCFC-141b.


Item #d88dec10

"Polyurethane Industry Ranks CFCs as Most Pressing Issue," Air/Water Pollution Report, p. 323, Sep. 19, 1988. Industry executives, who consider commercial availability of substitutes for CFC foam blowing agents to be several years away, were surveyed.


Item #d88dec11

"Institutional Notes--ASHRAE," JAPCA, p. 1061, Aug. 1988. Describes actions taken by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at its June 1988 Annual Meeting, in response to impending restrictions on CFCs.


Item #d88dec12

"Conserving, Recycling CFCs Called Best Approach to Ozone Protection," ibid., pp. 1058-1059, 1074. Summarizes an agenda for industry action for conforming to CFC restrictions, developed by industry representatives and announced at the ASHRAE meeting.


Item #d88dec13

"Newsmakers," Pollution Engineering, p. 16 ff., Aug. 1988. An extensive interview with Joseph Steed of Du Pont, who has had an active role in the developing policy on CFCs and ozone depletion.

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