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Virginia Adopts EPA SNAP Rules 20 and 21
June 1, 2020

With the signing of the state’s biennial budget bill, Virginia House Bill 30, into law by Governor Ralph S. Northam on May 21, 2020, Virginia has now joined 16 other states in a movement to shift away from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the powerful climate pollutants used as refrigerants, foam-blowing agents and aerosol propellants. The legislation directs the state Air Pollution Control Board to adopt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternative Policy Program (SNAP) Rules 20 and 21, with effective dates no later than July 1, 2021.

SNAP Rules 20 and 21 restrict manufacturers from using HFCs in aerosols, motor vehicle air conditioners, commercial refrigerators, and foams, with SNAP Rule 21 specifically limiting the use of HFCs in foam-blowing agents for closed cell foam products.

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