Statement of Senator Lara on the Need for Action on Super Pollutants in Refrigerants

February 02, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara released the following statement in response to a federal court decision undermining clean air rules. Senator Lara is the author of proposed legislation, the California Cooling Act, which seeks to reduce super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons commonly found in refrigerators. Senator Lara authored the Super Pollutant Reduction Act, SB1383, which set the nation’s toughest standards for reducing HFC emissions 40% by 2030.

“This federal court decision on super-polluting refrigerants is the latest sign that California cannot look to the federal government for help in reaching our clean air goals.

“Super pollutants are potent chemicals that contribute to global warming and the climate disasters and wildfires California has endured. California must continue to reduce these dangerous emissions and support American businesses who are seeking alternatives.

“I intend to introduce the California Cooling Act to preserve federal rules under state law and keep California in the lead on clean air.”