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According to the Federal Register, the EPA has made a final rule regarding the “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone” on the same day it has proposed the same new rules.
The EPA is taking direct final action to list substitutes for ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) in the fire suppression and explosion protection sector as acceptable subject to use restrictions under the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy program.
Read about the Final Rule in the Federal Register Volume 77, Number 182: Rules and Regulations section.
This direct final rule regulates the use of Powdered Aerosol F (KSA[supreg]) and Powdered Aerosol G (Dry Sprinkler Powdered Aerosol (DSPA) Fixed Generators) by finding them acceptable as substitutes for halon 1301 for use in total flooding fire suppression systems in normally unoccupied spaces.
This action also finds C7 Fluoroketone acceptable as a substitute for halon 1211 for use as a streaming agent in portable fire extinguishers in nonresidential applications.
Halons are chemicals that were once widely used in the fire protection sector but have been banned from production in the United States since 1994 because their emissions into the atmosphere are highly destructive to the stratospheric ozone layer.
The EPA is publishing this rule without a prior proposed rule because, in the agency’s view, this is a non-controversial action and the agency anticipates no adverse comment.
However, in the “Proposed Rules” section of the same Federal Register, the EPA published a separate document serving as the proposed rule.
The EPA’s proposed three substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in the fire suppression and explosion protection sector as acceptable subject to use restrictions under the EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.
Read about the Proposed Rule in the Federal Register Volume 77, Number 182: Proposed Rules section.
According to the EPA, this program implements a portion of the Clean Air Act requiring the EPA to evaluate substitutes for ozone-depleting substances and “find them acceptable where they pose comparable or lower overall risk to human health and the environment than other available substitutes.”
This rule is effective on Dec. 18, 2012 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment or receives a request for a public hearing on or before Oct. 19, 2012.