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ALLIANCE PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM ON OZONE LAYER, PETITIONS EPA FOR PROMPT ACTION

ALLIANCE PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT'S PROGRAM ON OZONE LAYER,
 PETITIONS EPA FOR PROMPT ACTION
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Responsible CFC Policy, an industry coalition composed of CFC and HCFC users and producers, endorsed the call today by President Bush to accelerate the domestic and international efforts to protect the earth's ozone layer, and filed a petition with EPA requesting acceleration of the phaseout schedule for certain ozone depleting compounds. "The United States, both government and industry, will maintain its leadership position in the global ozone protection effort," said Kevin Fay, the alliance executive director. "The president's action today is responsive to the environmental concerns announced last week by NASA and consistent with the technological advances achieved by industry in developing substitute chemicals and technologies."
 The CFC Alliance has urged that the critical steps necessary to accelerate the phaseout of CFC compounds are:
 -- The rapid approval by EPA of industry developed substitutes as required by the Clean Air act.
 -- Development of an action plan to deal with the huge base of existing installed equipment, primarily refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
 -- Invigorated diplomatic efforts to ensure the participation of all nations, particularly the developing nations, in the Montreal Protocol process.
 -- Swift action by the federal government to implement procurement policies for ozone protecting technologies, as well as recycling, reclamation and retrofit programs for government-owned existing equipment.
 "The president's proposal addresses several of these key elements. U.S. industry will actively assist the Bush administration in the prompt implementation of these steps," said Fay. "The Montreal Protocol has achieved an unprecedented level of cooperation in addressing this serious global environmental concern. Without the technical, financial and political support of the U.S. government, as well as industry, the world would be unable to deal with this environmental crisis. U.S. industry pledged its support in 1986 to address this issue in a responsible manner. Our support for the president's action today is consistent with that commitment."
 "The use of market mechanisms to implement the Montreal Protocol have been largely responsible for the industry's ability to reduce its reliance on CFCs well ahead of current regulatory mandates," said Fay. According to EPA figures, the United States has already reduced its reliance on CFCs 40 percent greater than that required by the protocol.
 In response to the president's call to U.S. CFC prodcers to immediately reduce CFC production to 50 percent of 1986 baseline levels, Fay indicated that he believed that the U.S. producers, Allied-Signal, DuPont, Elf Atochem, and LaRoche, would respond affirmatively.
 At the same time, the alliance pointed out the president's plan achieves the environmental objective while recognizing the needs of American consumers and small business. In 1996, the United States will have 130 million automobiles, 160 million refrigerators and freezers, 5 million commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and 80,000 large building chillers that run on CFCs. This equipment, valued at more than $135 billion, will require a mix of recycled CFCs, a limited amount of new CFC production and the application of cost-effective retrofit technologies in order to avoid huge capital obsolescence costs to the economy.
 The alliance reported that it filed a petition with EPA today to accelerate the CFC reduction schedule, achieving a phaseout of production by Dec. 31, 1995. The petition also seeks a limited exemption from the phaseout in order to service the existing equipment base. The exception would only be utilized if subsequent technical developments do not produce cost-effective solutions for retrofitting this equipment and reclaimed and recycled refrigerant is unable to provide for its needs. The petition is consistent with the president's action.
 The petition also seeks an accelerated phaseout of the atmospheric long-lived HCFCs, bridging compounds needed in order to complete the CFC phaseout. The alliance requests that long-lived HCFC production be phased-out in 2020. The petition also addresses other issues pertaining to the implementation of Title VI of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, including labeling deferrals, and identification of safe alternatives.
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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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