The earlier discovery of the Antarctic ozone "hole" and current scientific evidence indicate that CFC emissions into the atmosphere deplete the ozone layer and present a long-term threat to the quality of human life. The items of most concern, from an ozone protection standpoint, are the long-lived, fully halogenated compounds—halons, CFCs, and chlorocarbons. Scientific information indicates that most, if not all, of the chlorine or bromine content of these compounds is transported to the stratosphere, where it has the potential to destroy ozone. Furthermore, these compounds remain in the atmosphere for an extended number of years, providing a significant background chlorine concentration. According to DuPont.2 an 85 percent reduction in global CFC emissions from 1986 levels is necessary just to maintain current atmospheric levels of chlorine from these compounds. The refrigerants used within environmental test chambers have been included among those identified as ozone depleting. Specifically, these are CFC-12 and CFC-502.
The 1987 Montreal Protocol was revised in June of 1990. Further regulations on CFC products are contained within the Clean Air Bill that is being debated in the Fall of 1990. Restrictions pertaining to CFC-13 are being proposed.