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Dover Food Retail Communication on the April 7th Ruling on EPA SNAP

Dover Food Retail Communication on the April 7th Ruling on EPA SNAP

The changing regulatory landscape is effecting food retailers of all sizes and is a major source of uncertainty in the commercial refrigeration industry.

Many of the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants used in commercial refrigeration produce environmentally harmful carbon emissions. As a result, global, national and state regulations have been established to phase-out these harmful HFCs over time. As the industry looks for alternative refrigerants with lower global warming potential (GWP) and ozone depletion potential (ODP), questions arise concerning regulatory changes, refrigerant performance and safety. Hillphoenix is the industry expert in natural refrigerants and can help your company during this time of change.

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Dover Food Retail Communication on the April 7th Ruling on EPA SNAP

  • The US EPA enacted SNAP rules 20 & 21, intended to reduce green house gas emissions
  • SNAP 20 & 21 were vacated as the result of a suit filed against the EPA by Mexichem Fluor
  • On April 7th, 2020 the US Court of Appeals ruled in favor of reinstating portions of SNAP 20 & 21
  • The impact of this ruling on GWP regulations is unclear, but Dover Food Retail recommends and supports the use of low GWP refrigerants whenever possible

While the future is uncertain, Dover Food Retail will continue to monitor the situation and provide regulatory compliant refrigeration options for all our customers.

In lieu of a final decision from the US federal government for regulations at a national level, individual states (including CA, WA, NJ, & VT) are implementing their own iterations of SNAP 20 & 21.  It is Dover Food Retail’s recommendation that end users seek the lowest GWP solution; CO2, micro-distributed, and distributed low GWP solutions whenever possible.

For additional details on the SNAP 20 & 21 rules, please see below:

Food Retail Refrigeration Substitutes

SNAP Rule 20 and 21 Fact Sheets that show which refrigerants are not allowed

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-12/documents/snap_regulatory_factsheet_july20_2015.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-12/documents/snap_action_scr2_factsheet.pdf

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