What’s Next for Hydrocarbons?

EPA SNAP Approval of HCs Draws Mixed Reaction In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, approved several low-GWP (global warming potential) hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants for use in refrigeration and air conditioning applications, subject to use conditions. The approval — which had been expected for some time […]

Detroit Man Sentenced For Clear Air Act Crimes

A Detroit man was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on October 24, 2014, for criminal violations of the Clean Air Act, U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today. Joining McQuade in the announcement was Randall Ashe, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement program in Michigan. U.S. District […]

The Refrigerant Revolution, Part II: R22 Buying Strategies

Article written by Russell Pryor Published 09/2014 in Contracting Business Of all the refrigerants HVACR contractors purchase, R-22 probably comes with the most questions.  What’s the current price?  Where’s the price heading?  How long will it stay on the market? Just like any other product, R-22’s price is driven by supply and demand.  However, in […]

The Chill Factor – Demolition Contractors Turn To The Experts When It Comes to Safely and Quickly Handling Refrigerants

Article written by Kristin Smith Published 09/2014 in C&DR Magazine When demolition contractors encounter refrigerants on the job site, they have several options for moving them, but if the fluids or vapors are not handled properly, they can spell trouble and lead to expensive fines.  While some demolition contractors opt to handle refrigerant removal themselves, […]

Navy Settles Alleged Environmental Violations at Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

PHILADELPHIA (September 12 , 2014) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the U.S. Navy over alleged environmental violations at the Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads in Chesapeake, Va. The settlement will help reduce potentially harmful discharges and protect the public and environment from exposure to potentially harmful substances. Under the settlement […]

United States settles with Costco to cut ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions nationwide

SAN FRANCISCO – Costco 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. In the settlement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice, Costco will pay $335,000 in penalties […]

EPA, FBI Target R-22 Containing Propane in U.S. Market

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning in July regarding the sale of R-22 refrigerant with propane in the U.S. market. “A number of refrigerants with “22a” or “R-22a” in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons, such as propane,” EPA’s warning states. “These refrigerants are being marketed to consumers seeking to recharge existing […]

Air Conditioner Thief Pleads Guilty To Violating Clean Air Act

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Martin C. Eldridge III, 35, Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Clean Air Act when he cut the tubing on air conditioning units he was stealing and released a regulated refrigerant into the environment. Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Randall K. Ashe, […]

Green Bay scrap metal dealer must pay $20,000 penalty

A Green Bay scrap metal dealer must pay $20,000 in penalties for improper disposal of refrigerants The state Attorney General’s office obtained a judgment against Metals America LLC, 1401 Donald St., and owner Harvey Siegel. The company intentionally released ozone-depleting refrigerant gases into the atmosphere while dismantling at least 145 refrigerators, dehumidifiers and other appliances, […]

In Observance of the Montreal Protocol, New Zealand Will Phase Out HCFCs By the End of 2014

New Zealand will phase out the ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by the end of 2014 in observance of the Montreal Protocol. According to Environment Minister Amy Adams, New Zealand is ahead of the deadline to phase out substances harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer by 2030.  [Read Full Article]