The first regulation imposes tighter restrictions on most ODSs, including controversial phase-out timetables for most of the CFC substitute chemicals, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and on the agricultural pesticide methyl bromide. It also includes immediate bans on the use and sale of most CFCs, carbon tetrachloride and 1,1,1-trichloroethane. The regulation was finalised politically before the summer break (ENDS Daily 20 June).
The two other regulations alter the base year for company-by-company HCFC production and import quotas (ENDS Daily 14 September) and update restrictions on the use of CFCs in medical inhalers, medical equipment being one of the last remaining areas largely exempt from controls.
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