EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy Under Fire for Approving Dangerous, Exploding Chemical for Cars

by FOX News Insider  |  published on April 16, 2013

Is Gina McCarthy, the woman nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the right person for the job?

McCarthy is reportedly behind the approval for wider use of a refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, to replace freon in car air conditioners. The EPA has approved this chemical because they believe it contributes less to global warming than other refrigerants, but most manufacturers have decided not to use it because of safety concerns.

Nathan Mehrens, General Counsel for Americans for Limited Government, joined FNC’s Doug McKelway this afternoon to talk about the potential dangers.

“There’s issues with the coolant exploding, turning into poisonous fumes when it’s burned,” Mehrens said. He also noted that Mercedes did a number of tests using this coolant and decided that it was too dangerous to use.

“They simulated head-on collisions and about two-thirds of their simulations resulted in fires […] It’s so toxic that even a small amount of it, if it got in contact with say, a portion of your hand, could be deadly in certain circumstances,” Mehrens said.

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