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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1994
- OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES
The European Union's Council of Environmental Ministers agreed in
December to phase out hydrofluorocarbons 15 years sooner than the
2030 deadline under the Montreal Protocol, and to speed up
reductions in methyl bromide. See Intl. Environ. Rptr.,
pp. 924-925, Dec. 15.
States: In a final ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency will allow production and import of methyl bromide until
Jan. 1, 2001, one year longer than originally proposed by the
The EPA has also requested the Du Pont corporation to continue
producing CFCs for one year beyond its voluntary termination at
the end of 1994, to insure adequate supplies will be available
for servicing cooling equipment after the 1996 production ban. To
compensate, EPA will launch new programs aimed at helping eastern
European and developing countries reduce CFC emissions more
rapidly. See ibid., pp. 1571-1572, Dec. 31, and a feature
article in Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Dec. 23.
Fearing that some owners of halons will vent them into the
atmosphere rather than pay an impending tax, the Defense
Department is offering to immediately accept unwanted supplies.
See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 20-21, Dec. 13.
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