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Choice Refrigerants v. EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is picking and choosing which companies are allowed to produce and sell hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—refrigeration chemicals commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners—by using power that Congress unconstitutionally handed the agency. NCLA urges an end to this unconstitutional arrangement.

Congress passed the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020 to phase down HFC production, assigning EPA the power to distribute a limited number of allowances for companies to import or manufacture these critical products. But lawmakers did not give EPA any guidance about who should receive the allowances, violating foundational Constitutional protections that bar Congress from improperly abdicating its legislative authority to agencies. Instead of allocating allowances properly attributable to NCLA’s client, Choice Refrigerants, an American small business that created and patented a popular HFC blend, EPA instead granted allowances to Choice’s import agent and to a Chinese-owned company that infringed on their patent. EPA has also relied on Executive Orders to set some allowances aside for new market entrants rather than existing companies like Choice.

Zhonette Brown
General Counsel and Senior Litigation Counsel
Kaitlyn Schiraldi
Staff Attorney
NCLA FILINGS

Order Denying Petition for Panel Rehearing

August 18, 2023 | Read More

Petition for Panel Rehearing & Rehearing En Banc

August 3, 2023 | Read More

PRESS RELEASES

NCLA Appeals EPA’s Lawless Stranglehold on Refrigeration Companies Amid Dangerous Heat Wave

August 4, 2023 | Read More

IN THE MEDIA

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me…Whatever EPA Wants 

NCLA Blog

May 15, 2024

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