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Lab/Analysis Exemption for Ozone-Depleting Substance Imports Extended Through 2014

Thursday, December 15, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule that extends through Dec. 31, 2014, the laboratory and analytical use exemption for the import and production of class I ozone-depleting substances. This exemption allows persons in the U.S. to import and produce controlled substances for laboratory and analytical uses that have not been already identified by the EPA as non-essential. In November 2009 the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer extended this exemption through 2014, in part due to the slow progress in replacing ozone-depleting substances that are being used in laboratory and analytical procedures with substances that are less harmful to the ozone layer.

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