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 […]

Wichita Company Hit With $100,000 Fine From EPA Over Flammable Products

Northcutt, Inc. denies it violated the Clean Air Act By Justin Wingerter [email protected] Northcutt Inc., a Wichita company specializing in the sale and rental of tractor trailers, will pay $100,000 after federal regulators found it was selling flammable products. Under an agreement between the company and U.S. Justice Department, Northcutt also must halt sales of […]

Adam Dykstra, President of Rapid Recovery, Recognized as One of the Top 40 Under 40

from: the NEWS article:  http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130342-the-news-recognizes-the-top-40-under-40 Most everyone in the HVAC industry has heard the stats about the “graying” of the industry and the lack of younger individuals choosing HVAC as a career. It’s a real issue, and one that is continuously being addressed by those in the industry. However, it’s sometimes easy to forget there […]

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 […]