Democratic Attorneys General Support EPA’s Proposed Cap-and-Trade Program for HFCs

  • A group of 14 Democratic AGs led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sent a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to support to Agency’s proposed rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (“AIM Act”) to use a cap-and-trade system to phase out the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (“HFCs”), potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and many other applications.
  • The letter endorses the EPA’s proposal as faithfully implementing the AIM Act, which directs the EPA to reduce the manufacture and consumption of 18 HFC chemicals by 85% by 2036. The letter also notes that HFCs are significant contributors to climate change and endanger public health.
  • The letter urges the EPA to study and minimize any potential harms to environmental justice communities in its finalization of the proposed cap-and-trade program.