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ALLIANCE PETITION SEEKS MORE THAN 50 PERCENT REDUCTION IN OZONE DEPLETION COMPOUND ALLOWANCES

 ALLIANCE PETITION SEEKS MORE THAN 50 PERCENT REDUCTION
 IN OZONE DEPLETION COMPOUND ALLOWANCES
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, an industry coalition composed of CFC and HCFC producers and users, today petitioned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator William Reilly to accelerate the phaseout schedule for CFCs and certain atmospheric long-lived HCFCs.
 Alliance Executive Director Kevin Fay stated: "The accelerated schedule we have requested EPA to implement domestically and internationally for phasing out these ozone-depleting compounds is more than a 50 percent reduction from that which is currently allowed by the Montreal Protocol. It is consistent with technological and economic feasibility, the health and safety concerns of workers and consumers and environmental protection needs. It represents a difficult but realistic schedule for the phaseout of these compounds."
 The alliance petition was filed in acknowledgment of substantial technological advances as well as in response to announcements over the last year concerning additional measurements of potential ozone depletion around the globe. The significant proposed reduction schedule is possible, according to the alliance, because of progress made by industry in developing ozone protective CFC replacement technologies. These technologies are identified in the December 1991 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Technology and Economic Assessment Report.
 The alliance petition requests that the ban on the production and use of CFCs for new equipment take place on Jan. 1, 1996. Presently, both the Montreal Protocol and the Clean Air Act require that production of CFCs be ended by Jan. 1, 2000, although it is likely that the Protocol will be revised later this year.
 The alliance also believes that the present CFC phasedown schedule can be accelerated at a rate which is achievable in light of industry's technological capabilities. Therefore, the following production schedule has been requested in today's petition:
 Percentage Production of 1986 Baseline Levels
 Year Montreal Protocol Clean Air Act Alliance Petition
 1993 100 75 50
 1994 100 65 40
 1995 50 50 25
 1996 50 40 0(A)
 1997-1999 15 15 0(A)
 2000 0 0 0(A)
 (A) Exemption for service of equipment, to be determined in future technical assessments.
 "While industry has made substantial progress in reducing CFC production and usage, encouraging recovery and recycling of the compounds and making a safe transition to alternative compounds, significant hurdles still remain. The petition takes into consideration the time it will take for EPA to determine whether the alternatives are acceptable for a period of time to justify their production. It also represents a very demanding schedule upon which industry can complete its implementation of the alternatives in the products and processes that use them," Fay said.
 The petition also recognizes the needs of consumers and businesses who own over $135 billion of existing equipment such as automobile air conditioners, refrigerators and large air conditioning systems which operate on CFCs. While some have advocated that the total CFC production phaseout occur between 1995 and 1997, the alliance requests that from Jan. 1, 1996, until Jan. 1, 2000, a limited amount of production be allowed annually to service and maintain existing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. This amount is to be determined by future technology assessments on the availability of cost-effective retrofit technology and the success of CFC recycling and reclamation efforts.
 Any attempt to eliminate CFC production without consideration of the existing equipment would create a potential shortfall of necessary refrigerant to service this equipment. Such a shortfall would result in the early obsolescence of this equipment and reduced operating efficiencies which could cause increased energy consumption by this equipment. While CFC recovery and recycling will make up for some of the shortfall, no study has indicated that a shortage can be eliminated through even the most aggressive recycling and conservation efforts.
 The petition also requests acceleration of the phaseout schedule for HCFC-22, HCFC-141b and HCFC-142b beyond the current Clean Air Act requirements. Under the alliance petition, production of these compounds for use in new products or equipment would be ended by Jan. 1, 2010. Total production of these HCFCs would be ended by Jan. 1, 2020.
 The Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, organized in 1980, is a coalition of U.S. companies that produce CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs, as well as products and processes that rely on these compounds. CFCs and HCFCs are used extensively as refrigerants in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, including motor vehicles; as solvents in the electronics industry; as blowing agents for the manufacture of high efficiency foam insulation and foam packaging; and as sterilants and medical aerosols in the health industry.
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 /CONTACT: Kevin Fay of the Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, 703-243-0344/ CO: Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy ST: District of Columbia IN: CHM SU: EXE


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