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Protection of Stratospheric Ozone-Fire Protection

Abstract: Under EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program, this rule lists C7 Fluoroketone as an acceptable substitute, subject to use restrictions, for ozone-depleting halon 1211 in the fire suppression and explosion protection sector. This action provides additional flexibility in specialty industrial and commercial fire protection applications. The SNAP Program evaluates substitutes for ozone-depleting substances and publishes lists of acceptable and unacceptable substitutes. The intended effect of the SNAP Program is to support the transition away from ozone-depleting substances through review of substitutes and their effects on human health and the environment. Halons were once widely used in the fire protection sector but new production has been banned in the U.S. since 1994 because they are highly destructive to the stratospheric ozone layer.
RIN: 2060-AQ84
Type: Rule Making
Location HQ-OAR