A recent EPA notice of proposed rulemaking seeks to expand its uses in refrigeration and air conditioning systems while also exempting these systems from Clean Air Act venting restrictions. 

This rule would allow for propane venting during system installation, maintenance, repair, and disposal, which raises significant concerns about the lack of consideration for propane’s environmental impact and dangers.

The disparity in the proposed treatment of propane compared to other refrigerant products underscores a pivotal issue: the misguided belief that so-called “natural” refrigerants, including propane, are inherently more environmentally and operationally preferable to other options.

For more, read globalFACT’s latest piece, Venting on Venting: The Concern with EPA’s SNAP Rule 26.