Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle Refrigerant – Clarification (Final)
Jan. 3, 2018
On 28 September 2017, the EPA published a direct final rule and an accompanying notice of proposed rulemaking entitled ``Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle Refrigerant.' Because EPA received adverse comment, EPA is withdrawing the direct final rule through a separate notice. In this action, EPA is finalizing its proposal to correct the editing oversight that led to a potential conflict in a prior rulemaking as to whether or not containers holding two pounds or less of non-exempt substitute refrigerants for use in motor vehicle air conditioning that are not equipped with a self-sealing valve can be sold to persons that are not certified technicians, provided those small cans were manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018. This action clarifies that those small cans manufactured or imported prior to 1 January 2018 may continue to be sold to persons that are not certified as technicians under sections 608 or 609 of the Clean Air Act. This final rule is effective 27 December 2017. POC is Sara Kemme: U.S. EPA, Stratospheric Protection Division (6205T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-566-0511; email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Federal Register; 27 December 2017 [Rules and Regulations], pages 61180-61184).