Trader Joe’s Settles Refrigerant Allegations

U.S. alleged Trader Joe’s had violated Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA)

MONROVIA, Calif. — Trader Joe’s Co., based in Monrovia, California, reached a settlement in June with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the company’s management of refrigerants.

The U.S. had alleged that Trader Joe’s failed to properly perform leak repair and recordkeeping required under Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the refrigeration equipment in its grocery stores. Specifically, regulations found at 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F, Recycling and Emission Reductions, require owner and operators of systems using ozone depleting substances (ODSs) to reduce the use and emission of ODSs to their “lowest achievable level” and “maximize the recapture and recycling of such substances.”

In addition, the EPA had alleged that Trader Joe’s failed to provide a complete response to an information request in violation of Section 114 of the [continue reading]

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