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EPA Finalizes Rule to Reduce Climate-Damaging HFCs

WASHINGTON - Today, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a rule to prohibit certain uses of chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change in favor of safer, more climate-friendly alternatives. This action responds to President Obama's Climate Action Plan by reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases used in air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other equipment.

EPA Recognizes Bowdoin College for Energy Efficiency Efforts

BOSTON - Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine is being recognized by EPA with a 2015 Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award. CHP technology produces electricity and useful heat simultaneously from a single energy source, such as natural gas, oil, or biomass. For hospital systems and universities, CHP systems can also provide reliability benefits which ensure that these facilities’ operations can continue in the event of power outages.

TODAY: EPA Administrator at the National Zoo for the Youth Summit on the Environment

WASHINGTON - On Monday, June 29, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks at the National Zoo to high school students participating in George Mason University’s Washington Youth Summit on the Environment program. Administrator McCarthy will speak about the Clean Water Rule, which ensures waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined, more predictably determined, and easier for businesses and industry to understand.