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EPA heats up refrigerant enforcement.

EPA is making good on its new Climate Enforcement and Compliance Strategy. The settlement announced yesterday is one of the first enforcing the regulations implementing the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020, which gave EPA new authorities to phase down HFCs by 2036 through a variety of mechanisms. More information on the announcement is available here: EPA reaches settlement with Resonac America for illegal import of super climate pollutant at Port of Los Angeles | US EPA

WASHINGTON – Today, March 21, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Resonac America Inc. to address the company’s illegal import of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at the Port of Los Angeles on four occasions in 2023 and 2024. Resonac America, which is a subsidiary of the Tokyo-based Resonac Corporation, will pay a penalty of $416,003 and destroy 1,693 pounds of HFCs to resolve EPA’s allegations of violations.