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What Freon’s Phase-Out Means for You

What Freon’s Phase-Out Means for You Freon and other hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants were once popular because they were considered non-toxic, non-corrosive and nonflammable. In the 1970s, however, the EPA determined that HCFCs like Freon damage the ozone layer. Accordingly, the EPA formally labeled R-22 Freon as an ozone-depleting substance (ODS). Importance of the Ozone Layer …