Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Update to the Refrigerant Management Requirements Under the Clean Air Act (Final)
Nov. 22, 2016
The knowing release of ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants during the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances or industrial process refrigeration is prohibited. The existing regulations require that persons maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment containing more than 50 lbs of refrigerant observe certain service practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerant. This rule updates those existing requirements as well as extends them, as appropriate, to non-ozone depleting substitute refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons. Updates include strengthened leak repair requirements, recordkeeping requirements for the disposal of appliances containing > 5 and < 50 lb of refrigerant, revisions to the technician certification program, and revisions for improved readability and compliance. This final rule is effective on 1 January 2017. POC is Jeremy Arling, Stratospheric Protection Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Mail Code 6205T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9055; email address email@example.com (Federal Register; 18 November 2016 [Rule and Regulations], pages 82272-82395).