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Clean Air Act 40 CFR Part 82 Docket Regulations.gov Montreal Protocol Federal Register

Under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA is responsible for programs that protect the stratospheric ozone layer. Title 40, Part 82 of the Code of Federal Regulations contains EPA’s regulations to protect the ozone layer. EPA’s Stratospheric Protection Division manages these programs.


The Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program evaluates and lists acceptable and unacceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances in many industrial and commercial sectors. The purpose of the program is to allow a safe and smooth transition away from ozone-depleting substances by identifying substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health and the environment. (Section 612 of the CAA)

Specific Regulatory Programs

Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances discusses the ban on production and import of Class I ozone-depleting substances and the current phasedown on production and import of Class II ozone-depleting substances.

Exemption Programs discusses exemptions from the Class I phaseout for:

Importing Bulk Ozone Depleting Substances discusses the recordkeeping, reporting, and other regulatory requirements of importing virgin and used Class I and Class II substances.

Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances presents information on destruction practices of ozone-depleting substances in the United States.

Stationary Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning discusses service practices, refrigerant reclamation, technician certification, safe disposal, refrigerant sales restrictions, and other requirements for stationary refrigeration and air-conditioning appliances. (Section 608 of the CAA)

Motor Vehicle Air-Conditioning discusses servicing, technician certification, and other requirements for motor vehicle air-conditioning systems, including restrictions on the sale of small cans of certain refrigerants. (Section 609 of the CAA)

Halon Blends and Handling discusses installation, handling, and emissions requirements for halon fire suppression systems.

Nonessential Products Ban discusses the ban on sale and introduction into interstate commerce of certain products manufactured with or containing ozone-depleting substances. (Section 610 of the CAA)

Labeling discusses labeling requirements for containers of or products manufactured with ozone-depleting substances. (Section 611 of the CAA)

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