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Trader Joe’s to Pay $2 Million to Reduce Coolant Leaks, Curb GHG Emissions

Grocery store chain Trader Joe’s has agreed to spend $2 million to reduce coolant leaks from refrigerators at 453 of its stores to settle federal claims that it violated the Clean Air Act. The company will also pay a $500,000 civil penalty under the proposed settlement with the US Department … Read more »

EPA Rule Limits Ozone-Depleting Refrigerants

The EPA on Friday issued a rule that reduces the domestic production allowances for HCFC-22 to the lowest level ever and proposes a complete phase-out within five years. HCFCs, or hydrochlorofluorocarbons, are a class of refrigerants that are damaging to the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. The rule … Read more »

Four More Ozone-Depleting Gases Identified

Researchers from the University of East Anglia have reported the existence of four previously unknown ozone-depleting compounds. The production of many similar substances has been phased out. Examples are the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and their intermediate replacements, the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Nature Geoscience has published a paper reports the detection and quantification … Read more »