Thursday, December 17, 2009

R-22 Information Source for Homeowners

Recently, a homeowner in Florida called us because he had been told by thereceptionist at a local heating and air conditioning company, that the lawrequires him to replace his R-22 air conditioning unit with a unit that uses R-410A.

Either the receptionist was mistaken or she was dishonestly trying togenerate business for her company. Homeowners are not required to stop using R-22, and do not have to replace their equipment just to switchto a different refrigerant.

If your company is receiving calls from consumers confused about thecontinuing use of their equipment that contains R-22 refrigerant, you canprovide them with the following link to the EPA's web site: This area of the web site provides answers to frequently asked questions about R-22, R-22 equipment and alternative refrigerants.

If you have any questions or concerns you can call us directly at 888-873-6832 or visit our website at

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Update on EPA's 2010 HCFC Regulations

On December 7, 2009, the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) signed the final HCFC Allocation and Pre-Charged Products Ban Rules. You can locate these final rules on their website,

Since the Allocation rule has been published before the end of the year, there will be no interruption in the legal production or importation of HCFCs in 2010.

For questions or concerns about these new allocation regulations please call us 888-873-6832. You can also visit our website:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Interested In Making A Donation?

Just Get Caught Intentionally Venting CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons)

You'll be contributing to the U.S. Treasury, for violating Clean Air Act rules applying to stratospheric ozone protection.
The Clean Air Act of 1990 authorizes the EPA to assess fines up to $37,500 per day for violations.

Fines can be imposed for illegally releasing chlorofluorocarbons, failing to dispose of appliances properly, not capturing therefrigerants with certified recovery/recycling equipment, not having an EPA certified technician remove the CFCs and for cutting refrigerant lines.
How does the EPA learn about intentional venting? Anonymous tips and random inspections, which can include residential homes as well as businesses. A former employee in Utah called the EPA about his previous employer's actions.

Individuals who inform the EPA about illegal venting can earn a monetary reward of up to $10,000, if the information leads to successful prosecution and recovery of the fines.
The EPA does allow 30 days for responding to allegations, and it encourages people to use informal settlement conferences. However, the process can be referred to the Department of Justice and result in a court appearance, depending on the circumstances.

Natalie Topinka at the EPA in Chicago, the EPA's website and an actual case that was documented on the EPA's website

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Monday, November 30, 2009


The article below is from The United States Attorney's Office Southern District of Florida
November 23, 2009


Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Maureen O’Mara, Special Agent in Charge, Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, Atlanta Area Office, and Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, announced that defendants James Garrido, 44, of Miami, and Kroy Corporation, a Florida corporation with its principal place of business in Miami, pled guilty on Friday, November 20, 2009, in federal District Court in Miami to charges related to their illegal smuggling into the United States of restricted ozone-depleting substances contrary to the Clean Air Act, Title 42, United States Code, Sections7413(c)(1) and 7671d, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 545.

More specifically, James Garrido and Kroy Corporation each pled guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Patricia A. Seitz to a three count Information, charging them with knowingly importing approximately 418,654 kilograms of illegal hydrochlorofluorocarbon - 22 (“HCFC-22"), in violation of the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Defendant Garrido faces a possible statutory maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and a fine of $250,000 on each count. The statutory maximum fine for Kroy Corporation is $500,000 per count. Garrido also faces a term of supervised release of three years per count of conviction, while Kroy Corporation may be placed on probation for up to five years per count. In addition, the defendants could be ordered to forfeit the illegal proceeds of their conduct. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 11, 2010 at 8:30 a.m., before Judge Seitz.

The Federal Clean Air Act regulates air pollutants, including ozone-depleting substances such as HCFC-22. HCFC-22 is a widely used refrigerant for residential heat pump and air-conditioning systems. The Clean Air Act and its implementing regulations established a schedule to phase out the production and importation of ozone depleting substances beginning in 2002, with a complete ban starting in 2030. To meet its obligations under International Treaty to reduce its consumption of the ozone-depleting substances, the United States issued baseline allowances for the production and importation of HCFC-22 to individuals and companies. In order to legally import HCFC-22, one must hold an unexpended consumption allowance.

According to court records, Kroy, a corporation formed in February 2007, was in the business of importing merchandise, including refrigerant. James Garrido is Kroy’s President. Between March 2007 and April 2009, Kroy and Garrido engaged in the illegal smuggling of large quantities of HCFC-22 into the United States for subsequent resale. The defendants would routinely declare imported merchandise as either legal R-134A refrigerant or as “United States Goods Returned.” In truth, except for a small quantity of legal refrigerant strategically placed in front of the contraband, the shipments contained HCFC-22 and were accompanied by false documentation. At no time did Kroy or Garrido hold unexpended consumption allowances that would have allowed them to legally import the HCFC-22.

In all, from 2007 to April 2009, Kroy and Garrido illegally imported approximately 1418,654 kilograms of restricted HCFC-22 in eleven separate shipments, with a total fair market value of more than $3.9 million.

Acting United States Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, “The ozone layer provides crucial protection to all life on earth, and it must be preserved. The defendants jeopardized the global effort to restore and protect the ozone for their own financial benefit. Such conduct is short-sighted and inexcusable.”

EPA Special Agent in Charge Maureen O’Mara said, “HCFCs deplete the stratospheric ozone layer, which protects people from such harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation as skin cancer. These guilty pleas sends a strong message that those who place the public at risk in order to make illegal profits will be vigorously prosecuted.”

“The unlawful importation of goods pose a triple threat to the national security, public safety and economic well-being of the United States,” said Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Miami. “This case demonstrates ICE’s partnership and aggressive approach with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and EPA to protect the American public from inferior and unsafe products that illegally enter the United States and combat those who exploit our commerce system and compromise the safety of our citizens.”

Mr. Sloman commended the investigative efforts of the Special Agents and officers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ICE’s Office of Investigations in Miami, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Criminal Investigation Bureau, and the Miami-Dade Police Department, Environmental Investigation Unit. The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jodi A. Mazer.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Technical comments about this website can be e-mailed to the Webmaster. PLEASE NOTE: The United States Attorney's Office does not respond to non-technical inquiries made to this website. If you wish to make a request for information, you may contact our office at 305-961-9001, or you may send a written inquiry to the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, 99 NE 4th Street, Miami, Fl. 33132.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Do You Have A Refrigerant Management Program?

The R-22 phase-out is upon us. January 1, 2010 is only 43 days away.
Whether you currently recover the refrigerant on site, are a cylinder exchange and collection partner, or the HVAC contractor, reclaim is essential
to future supplies of R-22.

The EPA has estimated that 20% of the service market will need recycled and/or reclaimed R-22 to make up for the projected shortfall.
(Are you doing your part?) Knowing where to take your recovered refrigerants is ½ the battle.
You can find an EPA approved reclaimer by going to the EPA’s website at

Make sure your refrigerant management plan includes the following steps:
- Check for leaks and repair them.
- Recover & Reclaim existing supplies of R-22
- Start looking at action plan to replace or retrofit to alternative refrigerants.

Visit for more information

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thinking About Recovering Refrigerants?

Some Information That Can Help You

You'll need a refrigerant recovery machine and recovery cylinders.

A refrigerant identifier is optional, but it will enable you to test the purities of the refrigerants you recover (collect).

Useful hand tools are straight wrenches and refrigerant recovery pliers.

Contact the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and Underwriters Laboratories for lists of certified equipment.

Recovery cylinders are available in a variety of sizes, and the fifty-pound tanks are often used by technicians due to their portability and refrigerant-containing capacity.

Once you determine which refrigerants you'll be recovering, you can search online for recovery machines and refrigerant identifiers that will process those refrigerants.

Recovery cylinders can be purchased from major cylinder manufacturers or local heating, ventilation and air conditioning supply houses. Cylinder manufacturers may require a credit application for the purchase of tanks.

The hand tools can be purchased locally or online.

You'll also have to complete an approved technician certification program that's been authorized by the US EPA. The type(s) of equipment you'll be working on will determine the type of certification you'll need. You can learn about the certifications and programs at the EPA's website,

If you would like more information on this you can call 1-888-873-6832 or visit our website