Clearing the Air on Criminal Enforcement of Hydrofluorocarbon Importation Laws


The Biden Administration’s focus on climate change mitigation is showcased in a prosecution recently announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Cali- fornia against Michael Hart, who is accused of smuggling HCFC-22, a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC), into the United States. This is the first time an individual or entity has been charged with illegally im- porting HCFCs or hydrofluorocar- bons (HFCs) in contravention of the American Innovation and Man- ufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020.

Originally published by The Daily Journal - March 22, 2024.

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