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Item #d94jan113

Europe: The European Union's Council of Environmental Ministers agreed in December to phase out hydrofluorocarbons 15 years sooner than the 2030 deadline under the Montreal Protocol, and to speed up reductions in methyl bromide. See Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 924-925, Dec. 15.

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United States: In a final ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will allow production and import of methyl bromide until Jan. 1, 2001, one year longer than originally proposed by the agency.

The EPA has also requested the Du Pont corporation to continue producing CFCs for one year beyond its voluntary termination at the end of 1994, to insure adequate supplies will be available for servicing cooling equipment after the 1996 production ban. To compensate, EPA will launch new programs aimed at helping eastern European and developing countries reduce CFC emissions more rapidly. See ibid., pp. 1571-1572, Dec. 31, and a feature article in Global Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Dec. 23.

Fearing that some owners of halons will vent them into the atmosphere rather than pay an impending tax, the Defense Department is offering to immediately accept unwanted supplies. See Chem. Eng. News, pp. 20-21, Dec. 13.

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