Sixteen AGs Sent Comments Pushing for an HFC Phasedown Plan at EPA

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell, and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in submitting comments on the EPA’s proposed phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases (GHG) used primarily in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. In their comments, the AGs explained that the rule would significantly reduce HFC emissions each year—the equivalent of removing over 7.5 million CO2-emitting passenger cars from the roads—in addition to saving a total of $51 billion in consumer and industry costs through 2050. The AGs also proposed a number of “reasonable and achievable changes” to further strengthen the phasedown plan, including establishing stricter limits for certain sources of HFCs and expediting compliance timelines.