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FROM VOLUME 7, NUMBERS 11-12, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 1994
NEWS... CFC PHASEOUT
Just Five Weeks from Phaseout of CFCs," P. Zurer, Chem.
Eng. News, pp. 30-31, Nov. 28. A speaker at the latest CFC
and Halons Alternatives Conference in Washington explained how
various industries are meeting the deadline adopted by the
European Union, which is one year sooner than required under the
Montreal Protocol. The least progress is in the refrigeration
of Methyl Bromide Is Still up in the Air," P. Zurer, ibid.,
p. 29, Nov. 14. The 1994 international ozone assessment (GCCD,
p. 9, Oct.) recommends restrictions on the fumigant methyl
bromide, beyond the 1995 freeze currently required by the
Montreal Protocol. The U.S. and some other countries have already
acted independent of the Protocol, but a group of producers and
users is suing to overturn the U.S. restrictions, arguing that
the science is too uncertain to support the ban.
to Crack Down on Illegal CFC Imports," P. Zurer, ibid.,
pp. 4-5, Oct. 31. The federal government has formed a task force
to deal with black market imports, reported to be increasing as
the Jan. 1, 1996, phaseout deadline approaches. The Alliance for
Responsible CFC Policy, an industry group, is cooperating. (See
also Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 884, Nov. 2, and a feature
article inGlobal Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Nov. 11.)
Illegally Importing CFCs," Global Environ. Change Rep.,
p. 3, Oct. 14. Data from the European Union's statistics office
show that Britain, France, Belgium and Italy imported a
substantial amount of CFCs from Russia and Estonia in the first
half of 1994. The situation is an embarrassment to the Union's
efforts to phase out CFCs by the end of 1994.
Mounts as Search for Halon Replacements Reaches Critical
Phase," M. Freemantle, Chem. Eng. News, pp. 29-32,
Sep. 19. Feature article describing progress in findings
alternatives for halons, spearheaded by the U.S. Department of
Defense because of their wide military use for fire control.
Still Lags as Europe Moves Toward CFC Phaseout," Global
Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Aug. 26. Feature report.
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