Advocacy News
EPA Releases SNAP Final Rule
On July 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final rule – Protectionof Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the SignificantNew Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program* . The rule restricts the use of certain refrigerants and foam-blowing agents currently used by NAFEM members and other industries. See EPA's Fact Sheet.

NAFEM has been working closely with members, government agencies, House and Senate representatives and other trade groups for two years to communicate how the proposed rule will affect commercial foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturing. We welcome your input on the final rule and its impact on your business. We’re particularly interested to gain input on the effective date for delisting currently-used refrigerants and foam-blowing agents tabulated by category in the attachment, EPA Alternative Refrigerants for SNAP , starting on page 44.

To share your thoughts in confidence, contact: Frank Moore, Government Relations Sr. Director, +1.202.367.1254, fmoore@smithbucklin.com; or Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, Director, Member Services, +1.312.821.0212; mailto:csourhrada@nafemorg.

*To view the public docket, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2014-0198.

NAFEM Responds to USEPA Request for Input on Regulations, Processes
Periodically, U.S. government agencies - including the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) – are required to seek input from constituents to “identify and reduce regulatory burdens,” as well as to modernize regulations and processes. USEPA recently requested information of this nature and NAFEM, on behalf of its members, provided input .

Specifically, NAFEM recommended that USEPA:
  • Better understand and calculate the impact of its regulations on manufacturers, their supply chain partners and their end users;
  • Establish a meaningful dialogue with stakeholders and subject matter experts prior to developing proposed regulations. NAFEM believes this step could result in more transparent, realistic and achievable proposals, as well as a more efficient rule-making process; and,
  • Coordinate more closely with other agencies to, at a minimum, ensure their rules don’t contradict one another and, ideally, harmonize their rules.
To reinforce its above recommendations, NAFEM spotlighted the recent EPA proposed rule around alternative refrigerants, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent Final Rule on energy conservation standards for commercial refrigeration. More information on all of these issues is available in this Advocacy section of the NAFEM website.