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Canada Seeks Accelerated HCFC Phaseout

10:45 AM MDT | October 2, 2007 | Kara Sissell

Canada’s environment minister John Baird says the nations that signed the Montreal Protocol treaty should agree to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) about 10 years earlier than planned. The treaty, which has already phased out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in industrialized countries, calls for these nations to eliminate HCFCs by 2030 and for developing nations to follow suit by 2040. Twenty-four nations signed the Montreal Protocol 20 years ago this month. More than 170 other nations have since signed the pact. HCFCs are less harmful to the ozone...

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