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Job Impact Statement - Adopted Part 494

6 NYCRR Part 494, Hydrofluorocarbon Standards and Reporting

1. Nature of Impact:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to adopt prohibitions on the use of certain hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) substances in certain end-uses. This rulemaking would adopt provisions similar to those promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Clean Air Act and Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP) in 2015 and 2016 but have since been partially vacated by the courts. Specifically, Part 494 would adopt prohibitions of certain products and equipment that use certain hydrofluorocarbon substances, specifically those prohibitions on air-conditioning, refrigeration, aerosol propellant, and foam-blowing applications. These prohibitions apply to new or retrofitted equipment and new products only, the State is not proposing prohibitions on the sell-through of previously-manufactured products or equipment, or on the servicing of previously installed equipment. The proposed rulemaking applies statewide.

2. Categories and Numbers Affected:

To estimate the potential impacts on jobs and local communities, the Department relied on EPA's analysis conducted during the promulgation of the SNAP rules. Part 494 is not expected to impact jobs and employment opportunities in New York State. The Department believes that potential job impacts are mitigated by the scope of the proposed rule, which only applies to newly-manufactured or installed products and equipment and to end-uses for which safe alternatives are already available on the market, as determined by the EPA. The rule does not prohibit the sale of products or equipment manufactured prior to the effective year indicated in the proposed rule or to the continued maintenance of existing equipment.

3. Regions of Adverse Impact:

The proposed rulemaking applies statewide. There are no regions of the State where jobs or employment opportunities are expected to be adversely impacted by this rule.

4. Minimizing Adverse Impact:

As detailed above, this rule is not expected to have a significant adverse impact on jobs and employment.