NRDC asked the Supreme Court to review and reverse a divided D.C. Circuit panel’s August 2017 decision blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from restricting the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—powerful greenhouse gases with thousands of times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide.
A divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit eviscerated the critical “Safe Alternatives” program that Congress adopted in the 1990 Clean Air Act to ensure the health and environmental safety of chemicals that replace chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting chemicals in air conditioning, refrigeration, and many other applications.
The petition for a writ of certiorari shows how the panel decision, if allowed to stand, will let HFCs keep fueling dangerous climate change, increasing risks for the millions of Americans who are living through hurricanes and other extreme weather events, and experiencing many other climate impacts.