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Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Agrees to Halt Sales of Unapproved Flammable Hydrocarbon Refrigerants as Direct Replacements for Ozone Depleting SubstancesJune 11, 2015Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Inc. of Pekin, Illinois, has agreed to pay a $300,000 civil penalty and cease marketing and sale of unapproved flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants as substitutes for ozone depleting substances (ODS).Read More > EPA Publishes Final Rule for HCFC Allowances in 2015-2019October 28, 2014On October 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule adjusting the allowance system for the consumption and production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 2015-2019Read More >EPA Schedules Stakeholder Meeting To Discuss Potential for Extending Section 608 of the CAA to HFCsOctober 27, 2014On October 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a meeting to gather information from the public on the potential for extending the Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 608 regulations to substitutes for ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). The public meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET on November 12 at the Twelve & K Hotel, 1201 K Street, NW, in Washington, D.C.Read More >EPA Issues Notice to Expand List of Acceptable Low-Global Warming Potential Alternative RefrigerantsOctober 10, 2014On October 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a pre-publication notice expanding the list of acceptable substitutes for ozone-depleting substances under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.Read More >United States settles with Costco to cut ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions nationwideSeptember 18, 2014Costco Wholesale Corporation, one of the nation’s largest retailers, has agreed to cut its emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gases from leaking refrigeration equipment at more than half of its stores nationwide.Read More >HVACR Industry Announces Bold Refrigerant R&D PlanSeptember 16, 2014At a White House event on September 16, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek announced that the nation’s heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry will invest $5 billion in research and development funds over the next decade to develop the next generation of refrigerants and the air conditioning and refrigeration equipment in which they will be used.Read More >AHRI Testifies on EPA SNAP Proposed RuleAugust 27, 2014On August 27, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing on a proposed rule to change the listing status of certain substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. AHRI staff testified at the hearing, expressing concerns with the proposed rule and its potential negative impact on commercial refrigeration equipment manufacturers.Read More >Man Gets Prison Time for Venting R-22August 11, 2014A 35-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man recently pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Air Act after law enforcement officers witnessed him cutting a refrigerant line on an air conditioning unit and illegally venting hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22, also known as R-22, into the atmosphere.Read More >Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Related to Listing Status for Certain Substitutes in the EPA SNAP ProgramAugust 06, 2014The EPA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Change of Listing Status for Certain Substitutes under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program” on August 6, 2014. The public comment period was extended to October 20, 2014, rather than October 6, 2014.Read More >EPA Proposes New Acceptable Alternative RefrigerantsJuly 11, 2014On July 9, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) in the Federal Register to list a number of flammable refrigerants as acceptable substitutes (subject to use conditions) for ozone-depleting substances in several end-uses. Read More >Federal Register Publication of Final Rule on May 23, 2014 Regarding Protection of Stratospheric OzoneJune 05, 2014The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, the Agency) is amending the regulations promulgated as part of the National Recycling and Emission Reduction Program under section 608 of the Clean Air Act. EPA is amending those regulations to exempt certain refrigerant substitutes, listed as acceptable subject to use conditions in regulations promulgated as part of EPA's Significant New Alternative Policy program under section 612 of the Act, from the prohibition under section 608 on venting, release or disposal on the basis of current evidence that their venting, release or disposal does not pose a threat to the environment. Specifically, EPA is exempting from the venting prohibition isobutane (R-600a) and R-441A, as refrigerant substitutes in household refrigerators, freezers, and combination refrigerators and freezers, and propane (R-290), as a refrigerant substitute in retail food refrigerators and freezers (stand-alone units only).Read More >Department of Commerce Press Release Regarding Dumping of Refrigerant Imports June 04, 2014On May 22, 2014, the Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane from the People’s Republic of China.Read More >Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notice of Data Availability Regarding Aggregate HCFC-22 Inventory Data From 2008-2013April 07, 2014This notice announced the availability of two additional documents related to Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import and Export (2015-2019).Read More >United States Reaches Settlement with Safeway to Reduce Emissions of Ozone-Depleting Substances NationwideSeptember 04, 2013In a settlement agreement with the United States, Safeway, the nation’s second largest grocery store chain, has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty and implement a corporate-wide plan to significantly reduce its emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment at 659 of its stores nationwide, estimated to cost approximately $4.1 million, announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice today.Read More >EPA Q&A on R-22aAugust 08, 2013EPA released questions and answers about R-22a. Read More >EPA Warns Against Use of Refrigerant Substitutes That Pose Fire and Explosion RiskJuly 01, 2013The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is warning homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of potential safety hazards related to the use of propane or other unapproved refrigerants in home air conditioning systems.Read More >North America Proposes Amendments to Control HFCs in Montreal ProtocolMay 02, 2013The United States, Canada, and Mexico recently submitted a proposed amendment to the Montreal Protocol seeking a global freeze and phasedown of HFC production and consumption.Read More >EPA Publishes HCFC Allocation RuleApril 03, 2013The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the HCFC Allocation Rule covering HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b allowances for 2012-2013. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 3, and can be reviewed here.Read More >EPA Presents Final HCFC Allocation RuleMarch 28, 2013(View HCFC Allocation Rule, published April 3, 2013, above) On March 27, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe signed the final HCFC Allocation Rule covering HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b allowances for 2012-2014.Read More >International Heating and Cooling Product Distributor Pleads Guilty and Sentenced for Illegal Purchase and Sale of Smuggled Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant GasMarch 05, 2013FSD Group, LLC a Florida corporation with its headquarters in Miami, was convicted and sentenced in connection with the illegal receipt, purchase, and sale of ozone-depleting refrigerant gas that had been smuggled into the United States contrary to the Clean Air Act, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 545.Read More >AHRI Responds to Counterfeit Refrigerant Reports, Offers Guidance to Detect and AvoidFebruary 12, 2013The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today published a white paper, Reports of R-134a Contaminated with R-40 and Other Refrigerants, to assist contractors and others in the industry in identifying and avoiding counterfeit refrigerants. Read More >Environmental Protection Agency Extends No Action AssuranceJanuary 07, 2013(View HCFC Allocation Rule, published April 3, 2013, above) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has revised and extended a No Action Assurance establishing that the EPA will not pursue enforcement of violations of the prohibitions at 40 C.F.R. Part 82 in 2013.Read More >Industry Commends U.S. Government For Successful Prosecution And Sentencing Of HCFC-22 Refrigerant SmugglersNovember 08, 2012The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (Alliance), an industry coalition, today commended the U.S. government for successfully concluding 11 criminal and civil cases related to HCFC-22 refrigerant smuggling over the last two years. Individuals and companies were found guilty of various crimes related to the illegal importation or sale of over 3.3 million pounds of HCFC-22, fined over $1.5 million, required to forfeit proceeds of almost $2.7 million, and received jail and probation amounting to over 26 years.Read More >U.S. Air Conditioner Manufacturers Respond to Reports of R-22 SmugglingSeptember 12, 2012The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) President and CEO Stephen Yurek today responded to what he termed “several inaccuracies” in a September 8, 2012, article in the New York Times on smuggling, primarily from China, of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant (typically referred to as R-22 or HCFC-22).Read More >EPA's Planned Phaseout of Harmful Refrigerant Hits SnagAugust 18, 2011Despite the EPA rules, air conditioning units that need HCFC-22 now make up 10 to 20 percent of all sales, according to industry estimates.Read More >AHRI Endorses ICARHMA Policy Statement on Refrigerants and Responsible UseJuly 09, 2011Arlington, VA (June 9, 2011) The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) today endorsed a policy statement issued by the International Council of Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Manufacturers' Associations (ICARHMA) in response to global policy discussions about refrigerants, their responsible use, and their potential environmental impact. The document, which is available on the ICARHMA website, www.icarhma.org, is intended to provide a framework for such discussions going forward. The statement has two primary points: choosing the appropriate refrigerant and using refrigerants responsibly. Read More >AHRI to Receive “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” Award from the Alliance to Save EnergyJune 23, 2011Arlington, Va. (June 23, 2011) – The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious “Super Nova of Energy Efficiency” award from the Alliance to Save Energy. Read More >AHRI Announces Low GWP Alternative Refrigerant Evaluation ProgramMarch 23, 2011In response to environmental concerns raised by the use of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is launching an industry-wide cooperative research program to identify and evaluate promising alternative refrigerants for major product categories. These include air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, chillers, water heaters, ice makers, and refrigeration equipment. Read More >Record seizure of more than $1 million of a toxic substance imported illegallyMarch 07, 2011 The charges against company Gestion Alexis Dionne Inc. and its president, Mr. Alexis Dionne, follow an investigation conducted by Environment Canada officers in 2009 at a warehouse located in Saint-Jérôme, Québec, where 5,315 cylinders, or approximately 72,285 kg, of HCFC-22 were discovered and seized.Read More >Mass. Plumbing Supply Company Cited for Illegal Sales of RefrigerantNovember 03, 2010 According to EPA’s New England office, Robinson Plumbing and Heating Supply, Co. sold ozone-depleting refrigerants to non-certified technicians at two separate sales outlets in Massachusetts, in violation of the Clean Air Act.Read More >Alliance Commends US Government for Successful Prosecution and Sentencing of HCFC-22 SmugglersFebruary 22, 2010The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (Alliance), an industry coalition, today commended the sentencing of a Florida man and a Florida corporation on charges related to smuggling 418,654 kilograms of hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC) refrigerants with a market value of over $3.9 million. Read More >