The US Environmental Protection Agency

- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made available to the public for comment information concerning the current and projected use of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. EPA foresees using this information in the future when developing regulations. The next major milestone for HCFC phase-out will be January 1, 2010 when, pursuant to EPA regulations, no person may produce or import HCFC-22 or HCFC-142b except for uses such as in equipment manufactured before January 1, 2010. (keyword "HCFC") - EPA also submitted for comments a proposal to determine that HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b are unacceptable substitutes. for HCFC-141b in the foam end-uses of commercial refrigeration and sandwich panels, slabstock and other foam applications and, for CFC-11 and CFC-12 in all foam-end uses.