USA: Maryland has joined New York and California in pursuing measures to phase out the use of HFC refrigerants.

After the EPA’s efforts to phase out certain HFCs were abandoned, US states have begun their own phase out initiatives.

The Maryland Department of the Environment says it intends to develop regulations similar to those in development in California, which would phase out the use of certain HFCs in foam products and in refrigeration equipment in retail establishments, such as supermarkets.

“This is an important and necessary step in our ongoing efforts to reach Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction goals,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration is committed to climate leadership by preventing pollution and partnering with other states, businesses, and advocates to make critical progress toward protecting and preserving our environment.”

According to Maryland, other states amongst the 17 members of the United States Climate Alliance are expected to take similar steps. In addition to California, New York and Maryland, other states in the group are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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