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EPA Publishes Final Rule for HCFC Allowances in 2015-2019
On October 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule adjusting the allowance system for the consumption and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 2015-2019. The final rule adopts the lowest proposed five-year linear approach of HCFC-22 consumption allowances starting at approximately 10,000 metric tons (MT) in 2015 (down from 23,100 MT in 2014) and decreasing by 2,000 MT per year until it is phased out in 2020. AHRI supported this schedule in its comments to EPA. The rule also provides approximately 28,000 MT of HCFC-22 production allowances each year. For HCFC-123, EPA set the consumption allocation at 2,000 MT per year through 2019. In addition, the final rule requires reclaimers to report disaggregated information for all reclaimed refrigerants as part of their annual reporting to EPA, and to notify the agency when there is a change in business management, location, or contact information. However, EPA opted not to reference AHRI Standard 700-2012, claiming that it was under review by ASHRAE and AHRI. EPA also announced the start of a stakeholder process to address the petition filed by the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, asking the agency to extend the requirements of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Finally, in response to comments it received on dry-shipped HCFC-22 condensing units, EPA announced its intent to exercise its authority under CAA Section 114 to collect additional information in order to confirm shipment trends between January 1, 2008, and January 1, 2015. After reviewing these data, EPA will consider whether additional regulatory action is appropriate.

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