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Department of Homeland Security Partners with Environmental Protection Agency to Enforce Phasedown of​ Climate-Damaging​ HFCs​ ​

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new​ interagency​ task force that will​ guard against​ the​ illegal importation of​ hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).​ ​ HFCs are​ potent greenhouse gases​ with global warming potential that can be thousands of times greater than carbon dioxide.​ ​ A global phasedown of HFCs could meaningfully prevent the development of adverse global warming effects over the next century.​ ​

“Using an all-hands-on-deck approach, we must urgently address the climate crisis that is threatening both our national and economic security, and​ our​ way of life,” said​ Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.​ ​ “We look forward to working with​ the​ EPA and our other government partners to ensure that importers do not undermine our emissions-reduction targets or put businesses who are complying with the rules at a competitive disadvantage.”​ ​

“President Biden has made it clear, it’s going to take a whole-of-government approach to tackle the climate crisis and curb global warming,” said​ EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.​ ​ “That’s why this partnership with DHS is so important as we work to cut these climate super pollutants, protect our environment, foster American innovation and boost our economy.”

The​ American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (AIM Act), enacted in 2020,​ directs​ the​ EPA​ to address the adverse environmental effects of HFCs by, among other things, phasing​ down HFC production, consumption, and importation.​ Earlier today,​ the​ EPA​ issued​ its first​ regulations​ to implement the AIM Act’s phasedown.​ ​ DHS, through U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will work​ with​ the​ EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance to stop illegal​ HFC​ imports​ into the United States, including by preventing the exploitation of U.S. customs laws. ​ ​

The launch of this joint initiative to enforce the phasedown of HFCs builds on DHS and the EPA’s long-standing, successful collaboration on preventing​ illegal imports​ that threaten the environment, including imports of ozone-depleting substances and vehicles that fail to comply with Clean Air Act standards.​ ​

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security · www.dhs.gov · 202-282-8000

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