EPA Updates Clean Air Act Rules for Ozone-depleting Refrigerants
Read more: Managing Ozone-depleting Substances in Refrigerating Appliances (05/10/16)
Effective January 1, 2017, the new Clean Air Act Final Rule:
- Extends the Clean Air Act 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F management requirements for ozone-depleting refrigerants to also cover non-ozone depleting substances including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
- Bolsters the leak repair requirements,
- Adds recordkeeping requirements for disposal of appliances that contain more than 5 but less than 50 pounds of refrigerant,
- Revises the technician certification program
- Makes other non-substantive revisions and clarifications
EPA Enforcement of Clean Air Act Refrigerants RulesEPA regularly fines facilities for failure to adequately control or prevent leaks from refrigeration equipment. Earlier this year, a major national grocery chain paid a $500,000 civil penalty for greenhouse gas releases from refrigeration equipment at 453 of its stores.
Also this year, a Massachusetts food processor was fined $119,000 for a leak of anhydrous ammonia from refrigeration equipment.
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