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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