The amendments to the Montreal Protocol and the 1990 Clean Air Act call for the accelerated reduction of fully halogenated CFCs and halons. Recent scientific data indicate that these chemicals are more damaging to the earth's ozone layer than previously thought. This ozone depletion has serious consequences for the environment and human health. These chemical compounds are scheduled for phaseout under the Montreal Protocol and Clean Air Act. Because CFC-13 and methyl chloroform are used extensively in the electronics industry worldwide, the industry and the U.S. EPA have formed a partnership to develop technically feasible, cost-effective, and environmentally sound alternatives for ozone-depleting substances.

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