Court strikes down Obama EPA ban on refrigerant gases

Court strikes down Obama EPA ban on refrigerant gases
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[Ed. – Imagine operating according to the actual law.  It’s a start.]

A federal court on Tuesday struck down an Obama administration rule that banned certain uses of certain gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration.

The court said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under a Clean Air Act provision meant to protect the ozone layer, since that section is meant only to stop ozone-depleting substances.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s 2-to-1 ruling puts a dent in a major piece of former President Obama’s climate-change agenda. …

“EPA’s current reading stretches the word ‘replace’ beyond its ordinary meaning,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote for the court, joined by Judge Janice Rogers Brown. Both were nominated to the court by former President George W. Bush.

“EPA’s authority to regulate ozone-depleting substances under Section 612 and other statutes does not give EPA authority to order the replacement of substances that are not ozone depleting but that contribute to climate change,” the court said.

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