Oh, Safeway! | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Oh, Safeway!

I love your selection of yogurts (thank you, Safeway for carrying big tubs of the Tillamook vanilla bean) and, truly, you-all have a pretty decent florist, but . . . you've been polluting on us? Oh no.

The EPA announced today what they called a settlement of "the largest number of facilities ever under the Clean Air Act’s regulations governing refrigeration equipment."

"The settlement resolves allegations that Safeway violated the Clean Air Act by failing to promptly repair leaks of HCFC-22, a hydro-chlorofluorocarbon that is a greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance used as a coolant in refrigerators, and failed to keep adequate records of the servicing of its refrigeration equipment. Safeway will now implement a corporate refrigerant compliance management system to comply with federal stratospheric ozone regulations. Safeway will also reduce its corporate-wide average leak rate from 25 percent in 2012 to 18 percent or below in 2015. The company will also reduce the aggregate refrigerant emissions at its highest-emission stores by 10 percent each year for three years."

Well, good to know that the EPA is out there policing.

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