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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