Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Seller Hit For $300K

A US company has agreed to cease sales of unapproved hydrocarbon refrigerants and pay a $300,000 civil penalty.

According to the two-count complaint, filed simultaneously with the settlement today in the Central District of Illinois, Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Inc of Pekin, Illinois, allegedly breached US Clean Air Act requirements through the marketing and sale of two flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants products ES 22a and ES 502a as substitutes for ozone-depleting refrigerants without providing the requisite information to the US EPA for review and approval. 

EPA has not approved any flammable hydrocarbon as a replacement for ODS in systems not specifically designed for flammable refrigerants and has warned that use of flammable refrigerants in those systems presents a risk of fire or explosion.

“With this settlement, Enviro-Safe will pay a penalty, stop its nationwide sales of unapproved flammable refrigerants and ozone depleting substances, and notify consumers of potential safety hazards from these products,” said assistant attorney general John C Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This civil action illustrates how the requirements of the Clean Air Act guard consumer safety and the health of our environment each and every day.”

“The actions Enviro-Safe will be required to take under this consent decree will protect consumers and the environment from a potentially dangerous product,” said regional administrator Susan Hedman of EPA.

In addition to paying a penalty and halting non-compliant sales [more]

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