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AFFI petitions EPA for faster CFC phaseout.

The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has gone on record as supporting an Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy petition reguesting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to accelerate the phaseout of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) and certain long lived HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons).

The petition requests that a ban on the production of CFCs for new equipment take place on January 1, 1996 It proposes an accelerated phasedown schedule which calls for producing CFCs annually at the following percentages of 1985 baseline levels: 50 percent in 1993, 40 percent in 1994, and 25 percent in 1995. The petition notes that a supply of CFCs should be produced between 1996 and 2000 to service and maintain existing equipment.

The Alliance believes that the present CFC phasedown schedule can be accelerated at a reasonable rate in light of industry's technological capabilities.

The petition also seeks an accelerated phaseout of the atmospheric long-lived HCFCs, bridging compounds needed to complete the CFC phaseout. The Alliance requested that production of these compounds be phased out In 2020.

AFFI's support came in the form of a letter to EPA Administrator William Reilly. In particular, the letter urged EPA to work with industry to eliminate roadblocks identified by the Alliance.

"The reduction schedule for CFCs reflects the best judgment of industry of what can be accomplished if we encourage the development of alternative compounds," the letter stated. "This requires expedited completion of EPA's authority under Section 612, regarding identification of safe alternatives including some assurances of reasonable economic life for the alternative compounds, processes or technologies."

The letter also requested an exemption for the service of existing installed equipment be allowed to alleviate the overall costs to consumer's and small businesses. The exemption would signal to equipment users that "their concerns will not be abandoned."

The petition is an attempt by diverse industries to develop a comprehensive approach to the need for greater action to protect the earth's ozone layer, while recognizing practical issues that must be addressed to facilitate industries' phaseout of ozone-depleting compounds.

AFFI is a member of the Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, a coalition of industry groups that produce or rely on CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs formed in 1980.

AFFI is a national trade association that has represented the frozen food industry for 50 years. Its members produce over 90 percent of the frozen food processed in the United States.
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Title Annotation:American Frozen Food Institute; Environmental Protection Agency; Chlorofluorocarbons
Publication:Frozen Food Digest
Date:Jul 1, 1992
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