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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 »

Costco

Costco Settlement to Cut GHG Refrigerant Emissions

Costco will cut its greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions at more than half its stores, costing the company about $2 million over the next three years, as part of a settlement with the federal government. In addition to improving refrigerant management at 274 of its stores nationwide, Costco will also pay … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: NO2 Standards, HCFCs, Product Efficiency

China will impose stricter standards on the cement, battery, leather and heavy metal industries, including a requirement to control at least 60 percent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, the country’s environment ministry said today. China is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of batteries, and produced 56 percent of global cement last year, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GMO Bill, Ozone Agreement, Coal Slurry Danger

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced a bill Wednesday to require labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms, Reuters reported. The bill has 31 co-sponsors. But executives from Monsanto, Dow Chemical and DuPont said they are planning a campaign to turn public opinion … Read more »