Learn about the Phaseout of Ozone-Depleting Substances
To protect the ozone layer, ozone-depleting substances (ODSODSA compound that contributes to stratospheric ozone depletion. ODS include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride, hydrobromofluorocarbons, chlorobromomethane, and methyl chloroform. ODS are generally very stable in the troposphere and only degrade under intense ultraviolet light in the stratosphere. When they break down, they release chlorine or bromine atoms, which then deplete ozone. A detailed list (http://www.epa.gov/ozone/science/ods/index.html) of class I and class II substances with their ODPs, GWPs, and CAS numbers are available.) are being phased out of production and use in the United States. This phaseout is occurring gradually. EPA regulates the phaseout under the Clean Air ActClean Air ActA law amended by Congress in 1990. Title VI of the CAA (http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/index.html) directs EPA to protect the ozone layer through several regulatory and voluntary programs. Sections within Title VI cover production of ozone-depleting substances (ODS), the recycling and handling of ODS, the evaluation of substitutes, and efforts to educate the public..
- What Is the Phaseout of ODS?
- Phaseout of Class I ODS. Class I ODS have the highest potential to destroy the ozone layer and have been phased out in the United States.
- Phaseout of Class II ODS. Class II ODS have a lower potential to destroy the ozone layer than Class I ODS and are being phased out over time.
- Information for Equipment Owners and Operators. Information on the phaseout of ODS for the owners and operators of equipment.