Governor Cuomo directs phase-out of
climate change pollutants in New York
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[September 11, 2018]
(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo on Monday directed the state's Department of Environmental
Conservation to promote regulations to phase out the use of climate
change pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
The change, to be implemented from 2020-2024, is expected to reduce such
emissions by more than 20 percent of projected levels by 2030, the
statement said. "The regulations would prohibit specific substances for
use in new consumer products."
A group of U.S. states led by New York had, in June, sued the
Environmental Protection Agency over a plan to roll back limits on the
use of hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in air conditioning,
refrigerants, aerosols and foam-blowing.
DEC will seek input on the proposal before drafting rules, with the
intent of finalizing them in 2019.
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo speaks at the Democratic gubernatorial
primary debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S.,
August 29, 2018. J. Conrad Williams Jr./Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
New York's Environmental Protection Fund includes nearly $10 million
for projects to reduce HFCs and greenhouse gases.
(Reporting by Eileen Soreng in Bengaluru; Editing by Richard Chang)
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