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U.S. Court of Appeals Denies Request to Rehear HFC Case

This February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions for a rehearing of a controversial ruling the court delivered in August 2017 that barred the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from prohibiting HFCs as replacements for ozone-depleting refrigerants by incumbent users.

“Honeywell is deeply disappointed in the Court’s decision not to review the August D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling  regarding the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program,” said a Honeywell spokesperson. “We believe the Court missed an opportunity to reverse its initial decision,which ignored the original intent of SNAP to direct the  Environmental Protection Agency to replace ozone-depleting substances with safer alternatives.”

Upholding the U.S. Court of Appeals decision to vacate SNAP Rule 20 will mean commercial refrigeration systems used in food retail, food service and cold storage applications are no longer subject to the SNAP Rule 20 (and Rule 21) compliance dates.

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