Thursday, December 23, 2010

Be Ready for…Phase 2 Stage 2 of the R-22 Phaseout Schedule January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011

E.P.A. Allowance and Allocation

The United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued its final HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon) Allowance and Allocation ruling, which limits production and/or importation of R-22. Following the EPA ruling, prices of refrigerant R-22 began to climb. The supply of R-22 in the U.S. is strictly controlled. The demand for R-22 in the U.S. is increasing as result of the implemented 13 SEER energy requirement on air conditioning equipment. Raw materials, manufacturing and energy costs are also rising and these too contribute to the increased prices.

E.P.A. HCFC Phaseout Schedule
Phase 1 2004 35% Overall Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 2 Stage 1 2010 75% Overall Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 2 Stage 2 2011 An additional 10% Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 2 Stage 3 2012 An additional 10% Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 2 Stage 4 2013 An additional 10% Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 2 Stage 5 2014 An additional 10% Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 3 2015 90% Overall Consumption Reduction* from prior year

Phase 4 2020 STOP R-22 PRODUCTION

*Consumption is calculated by the following formula: consumption = production plus imports minus exports.

Partner with RemTec International-
Buy Back and Recovery Program-
Call Patti Ellingson, Director of Wholesale Development at 419-575-9490 for more details.

Monday, December 20, 2010

All The Best To You, Your Family and Your Organization

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and properity in the New Year. We value our customer relationshipsand thank you for being our customer. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the coming year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Refrigerant Mandates Face Muddled Future

by Peter Powell
December 6, 2010

Prediction of R-22 Shortfalls in 2010 Did Not Materialize

Mandates governing reduced production of virgin HCFC-22 kicked in early in 2010, but, unlike what was predicted, ended up not affecting contractors all that much. The general consensus is that will probably be the case in 2011 also.

Another small step-down in R-22 production is required come 2011 at the same time contractors will continue to deal with the wild card issue of “dry shipped” R-22 condensing units.

A deluge of legislative initiatives from the Obama administration that could have affected the cost and supplies of HFC refrigerants didn’t get much traction in 2010 and appear more than likely in 2011 to get mired in the mud of an even more divided Congress as the result of the recent mid-term elections. Meanwhile, the potential of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state governments moving forward with their own environmental agendas remains an unknown.


On Jan. 1, 2010, a mandated reduction in the manufacturing of virgin R-22 went from 65 percent of the 1999 baseline year to 25 percent. That 110 million metric tons (MT) of new refrigerant was below a predicted demand of 137 MT overall for R-22. Yet, the prediction of some that there could be shortfalls in 2010 did not materialize.

“The industry today has a surplus of virgin R-22 when all the models called for a multi-million pound deficit,” said Gordon McKinney of ICOR International, a manufacturer of refrigerants. “Many believe this surplus could continue through next year and beyond.”

Several more million metric tons of virgin R-22 will be taken out of production come this Jan. 1 as the step down in annual production continues until it reaches 10 percent of 1999 levels in 2015, but as McKinney noted, a continued sluggish economy, moderate weather patterns and a continuing shift to HFC refrigerants could keep supplies of R-22 for aftermarket use adequate.

“If the housing market and general economy improves, and we have a good, hot summer across most the country in 2011, we could see the R-22 surplus lean out and prices begin to rise,” said McKinney. “Even then we believe that more people will move to alternative refrigerants as a long-term, cost-effective option rather than depend on an unpredictable supply chain.”

The wild card is the decision of a number of OEM manufacturers to continue to produce R-22 residential condensing units for aftermarket use, “dry-shipping” them without R-22 and having technicians field-charge them. The decision followed a U.S. EPA ruling that took effect on Jan. 1, 2010, saying entire systems could no longer be manufactured but “components” could be as long as they were not factory-charged with R-22.

While many thought only parts such as compressors and valves would continue to be made for aftermarket repair, manufacturers saw enough demand for entire condensing units to re-amp production of such components during 2010.

How the “dry-ship” issue plays out in 2011 depends on how many such units end up having to be charged onsite with R-22.

“A significant quantity of units would have to be installed to begin to dent the glut of R-22,” said Kevin Zugibe of Hudson Technologies, which sells refrigerant.

“Installation of dry-shipped units will increase the installed base of R-22 equipment,” said Chuck Broadus of Airgas, a supplier of refrigerants. “This will increase demand for R-22. The impact on supply of R-22 will depend on the number of units installed, which is unknown at this time.”


Congressional activity was watched closely through 2010 to see how it might impact the future of HFCs and overall costs as with cap-and-trade issues.

It ends up virtually nothing happened in 2010 and probably won’t happen in 2011. As noted by Talbot Gee, vice president of the Heating Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International, “HFC regulations did not go anywhere and will not go anywhere.”

The 1,000-pound gorilla at the start of 2010 was the American Clean Energy & Security Act (ACES), also known as the Waxman-Markey bill, named for U.S. Reps. Henry Waxman and Edward Markey.

The bill had HFCs factored into cap-and-trade regulations and provisions for buy-ins that would add to the cost of HFCs. But as far back as mid-2009, the bill had barely passed the Democratic controlled House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212. Now as the result of the November 2010 mid-term elections, the House will be controlled by Republicans and Waxman will lose chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Markey the Select Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee.

Even though passage of the bill stands on record in the House, “no vote is planned in the Senate and ACES is likely dead,” said Ted Gartland of Allied Representatives, an industry veteran who closely monitors legislative matters.

Charlie McCrudden, vice president for government relations, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, agreed. “There is no chance this bill will pass Congress in the next two years, and most likely even the next four years. President Obama said as much in his press conference the day after the election.”

Howard Latin, an environmental law professor from Rutgers Law School, doubts anything will ever come out of Congress regardless of which party is in power. He told an audience at a sustainability fair this summer in Oregon, Ill., that “Climate change (legislation) in the House is pathetic and weak. Elected officials are afraid of what it will do regarding jobs and the economy.”

Regarding the hodgepodge of state mandates and efficiency standards, McCrudden said, “Many states are developing their own retrofit incentive programs with federal dollars. Each has pursued a different path and a patchwork quilt of programs that favors different types of appliances. For example, some states give rebates for higher efficiency furnaces and air conditioners while other offer rebates for higher efficiency ‘white goods’ like dishwashers and clothes washers. A few common themes have emerged: Since it’s public money being floated to benefit private homeowners, there needs to be some form of quality assurance that the equipment is installed properly. We’ve recommended that states require installing contractors to adhere to ACCA’s Quality Installation Standard for HVAC equipment qualifying for rebates or incentives.”

McCrudden also offered some perspectives on how the EPA might act. “We may see the Obama Administration, through the EPA, use the Clean Air Act through a regulatory rule to restrict or limit the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The EPA does have the authority under a recent Supreme Court ruling to regulate green house gases starting on Jan. 2, 2011. If that were to occur, there are enough votes in Congress to delay the implementation of the rule for at least two years. In the next Congress, there could be changes made to our national energy policy, but it will be incremental change.”


Don’t expect much on a global level, say some observers. While the Montreal Protocol of the 1980s did change the HVACR sector, the subsequent Kyoto Protocol of the 1990s never got United States support for a specific commitment in GHG reductions and many countries agreeing to their own targets did not reach them until the worldwide recession kicked in. The most recent Copenhagen Accord of 2009 produced neither specific targets nor commitments to reach them.

Rutgers’ Latin blames this on the phenomena of recent years classifying countries as “developed” (the United States, Canada, European countries, for example) or “developing” (China, India, Mexico, for example). “Ultimately, developed and developing countries have opposite positions. There is no common ground. All the two sides do at international conferences is try to strengthen their positions,” he said.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Holidays from all of us at RemTec!

Since it’s December, now is a good time to get organized for the new year.

Do you have refrigerants that you'd like to get rid of?

RemTec buys and pays the freight for R-11, R-12, R-22, R-114, R-115 and R-125.*

We pay for mixed purity down to 98%. If your refrigerant fails to meet 98%, we dispose of it for you at no charge. You benefit either way.

HAZMAT shipping documents and a complete paper trail are provided for you.

Do you have cylinders that are out of test date? RemTec is a DOT approved
hydrostatic testing facility. So we can requalify your tanks, giving you five more
years of use.**

Contact Gary Stofan for more information.
RemTec International
1100 Haskins Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402 USA

*Based on a minimum net weight requirement of refrigerant.

**Available at an additional cost.

RemTec is an EPA certified reclaimer of refrigerants.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

RemTec International would like to wish you and your entire staff a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

Patti Ellingson
Director of Wholesale Development
RemTec International

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day

RemTec International honors those who are serving and who have served our country to maintain our freedom! Thank you!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

RemTec International Announces the Expansion of their Halon and Refrigerant Reclamation Services to the Middle East Region

BOWLING GREEN, OH, USA – (Business Wire) - In conjunction with Pan Gulf Industrial Systems, RemTec International has announced it will commence Halon reclamation and banking operations in the Middle East as of November 2010. This halocarbon reclamation facility will be the first of its kind in the region. Located on the second Dammam industrial city, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, it will also provide services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The newly constructed 30,000 square foot facility is part of a three-phase program to contain and manage Class I and II Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and other halocarbons. The initial phase will provide Halon reclamation and banking capabilities on a regional basis to petrochemical companies and other end users. The second phase will expand these services to include reclamation and banking of all ODS including Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) refrigerants, and in addition Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that are high in Global Warming Potential (GWP). The third phase will install advanced systems that safely destroy all of these substances and other environmentally-hazardous wastes using patented Plasma Arc Destruction Technology.

The facility will be equipped with a full laboratory that will be capable of testing to a number of standards including ASTM-D5632-08, ISO 7201-2:1991 or Military Specification B-8741 (USAF). Refrigerant testing to the AHRI Standard 700-2006 will also be developed as later project phases are added. Ultimately, the laboratory will provide convenient and accurate testing of Halons and refrigerants throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

Finally, as ODS are phased out, it will be important that these materials are handled properly, particularly at the end of their useful lives. This is a concern to many countries in the region as well as to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank. For this reason, this project was selected to be part of a case study by the World Bank, to examine methods to manage and destroy ODS as they are phased out. Using Plascon Plasma Arc Destruction Technology, ODS will be destroyed with an extremely high Destruction Removal Efficiency (DRE) of 99.9999%. Mr. Marcus concluded his remarks by stating, “A high DRE is achieved with de minimis emissions to the atmosphere and a safe, salt water solution as the only effluent. In conjunction with our alliance partner, DoloMatrix in Australia, RemTec is able to provide these environmental solutions in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner, in areas of the world that normally lack this advanced technology. In addition, Plascon also has the potential to destroy chlorophenols, chlorinated phenoxywaste, concentrated PCB, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and chlorinated solvents, which are present in the Middle East and surrounding regions.”


Established in 1986, RemTec International is a world leader in the recovery, reclamation and destruction of Halons and Refrigerants. RemTec’s Halocarbon Management Program uses patented technologies which avoid emissions that either destroy the ozone layer or add to global warming potential. RemTec's unique approach facilitates safe disposal of unwanted Halons, CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs on a worldwide basis. These hazardous substances are recovered, reclaimed and in some cases destroyed, in accordance with all domestic and international regulatory standards. For more information, please visit or e-mail

Friday, August 13, 2010

AHRI Publishes Guideline for Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders

The Chemical and Refrigerant Reclaimers Section of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has approved for publication AHRI Guideline Q-2010, Content Recovery & Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders.
This document is available for free download.
It is a guideline for content recovery and recycling of cylinders at the end of their useful service life.
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all good practices or requirements.
The guideline applies to all U.S Department of Transportation (DOT) non-refillable and refillable fluorocarbon refrigerant cylinders, as defined in Section 3 of AHRI Guideline Q-2010, having water capacity greater than two pounds used to transport refrigerants sold in the United States.

"Publication of this guideline is another example of our industry's commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship," said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. "We are pleased to once again make an important guideline available free of charge for the benefit of reclaimers, recyclers, and technicians."

AHRI develops and publishes guidelines and performance rating standards for industry products. The guideline is intended for the guidance of the industry, including manufacturers, engineers, installers, contractors and users. Standards establish rating criteria and procedures for measuring and certifying product performance so that products are rated on a uniform basis. AHRI's guidelines and standards are available for free download from the AHRI Web site because AHRI members want to make it easier for contractors, designers, and engineers to make choices based on easily accessed testing and rating information.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Looking for R-22

You've found it with RemTec!
-Payment for R-22 Meeting 98% purity
-Shipping documents supplied
-Tank pickups scheduled for you
-Freight paid both ways*
-Complete paper trail provided
-Free disposal of <98% purity R-22
-Hydrostatic cylinder testing**

RemTec International
1100 Haskins Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

*Based on a minimum net weight requirement
**Available at an additional cost.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RemTec International Extends a Five-Year Agreement with DoloMatrix as Exclusive Representative for Plasma Arc ODS Destruction Technology

RemTec International Extends a Five-Year Agreement with DoloMatrix as Exclusive Representative for Plasma Arc ODS Destruction Technology in North America - Producing High Quality Offset Credits for the Carbon Compliance Market

BOWLING GREEN, OH, USA – (Business Wire) – RemTec International, the largest privately-owned reclaimer of halons and refrigerants, announced today the extension of its five year agreement with DoloMatrix International, Ltd., to be the exclusive representative for SRL Plasma’s Plascon® equipment in North America, designed to destroy Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The DoloMatrix destruction technology along with RemTec’s patented recovery and reclaiming equipment, produces carbon offset credits that exceed the requirements of a newly released Climate Action Reserve (CAR) Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol. This protocol delivers permanent greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for the carbon compliance market.

“The combination of our technologies and services provides the ultimate in transparency, tracking and accountability. In addition, Plasma Arc Destruction is environmentally superior to high temperature incineration.”

“We can provide superior carbon offset credits because the combined technologies of RemTec and DoloMatrix use Technology & Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) testing methodology, specifically designed to measure the destruction of ODS. In addition, our detailed tracking and documentation system follows individual shipments from the source to final destruction. When combined with our online real-time computer monitoring, our system provides complete transparency to carbon offset providers, verifiers and outside regulatory agencies on a 24 hour basis.

“This represents the first phase in our efforts to establish regional facilities that offer cradle to grave management of halons and refrigerant gases that are high ozone depleters, or that are high in global warming potential. In addition to our existing processing plant in Bowling Green, Ohio future operations are also planned in the Middle East and Asia.”

Mr. Marcus concluded by saying, "Through the combination of our proprietary technologies, we are able to offer an enhanced ODS Destruction Protocol. This is very timely, especially considering certain recent Amendments to Senate Bill 1733, Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, that were introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). This Bill specifically recognizes offset credits for ODS destruction for both domestic and international projects.”


Established in 1986, RemTec International is a world leader in the recovery, reclamation and destruction of Halons and Refrigerants. RemTec’s Halocarbon Management Program uses patented technologies that avoid emissions that either destroy the ozone layer, or add to global warming potential. RemTec's unique approach facilitates safe disposal of unwanted Halons, CFCs, HCFCs, and HFCs on a worldwide basis. These hazardous substances are recovered, reclaimed, and in some cases destroyed in accordance with all domestic and international regulatory standards. For more information, please visit

RemTec International
1100 Haskins Road
Bowling Green, Ohio, 43402

419-867-3279 (Facsimile)800-372-1301 (Toll Free / North America)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Technician Training and Certification

The EPA updated its list of approved Section 608 programs on April 14, 2010.
The list of authorized 608 Technician Training and Certification programs can be found at
Section 608 certification applies to the servicing of motor vehicle air conditioners.

The last update of the Section 609 programs was occurred on April 14, 2009.
The list of approved 609 Technician Training and Certification programs can be
found at
Section 609 certification applies to the servicing of stationary refrigeration and
air conditioning equipment.

Refrigerant Sales Restriction

The U.S. EPA instituted a refrigerant sales restriction on November 14, 1994.
Some information resulting from the restriction appears below.

Section 608 certified technicians may not buy “small cans”(containers filled with less than 20 pounds of R-12 or EPA-approved motor vehicle air conditioner substitutes, that contain an ozone-depleting substance).

Section 609 certified technicians may not buy R-22 in any size container because it’s an ozone-depleting refrigerant that isn’t intended for use in motor vehicle air

Buses that use R-22 refrigerant aren’t defined as motor vehicle air conditioners,
so Section 608 certification is required to service them.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reclamation & Recovery

As an EPA certified reclaimer RemTec International is interested in setting a meeting to discuss possible environmental solutions we can provide as a resource and partner to you as a fellow HARDI member.

Refrigerant Program

RemTec International is the only EPA certified reclaimer that has an AHRI-700 certified lab on site, on-site destruction capabilities, through our plascon destruction unit, and a cylinder re-certification facility on site.

With a long history of high priority aviation and government projects under our belt, RemTec can provide a valuable service as we continue to deal with the phase-out of R-22 and other increasingly regulated refrigerants.

RemTec's program is a convenient and environmentally responsible way for your customers to dispose of their used Halocarbons (HFCs HCFCs CFCs and HALON).

Our goal is to mitigate the environmental impact that these halocarbons have on our atmosphere.

Recover, Recycle, Re-use!

I hope we can schedule a time to further discus this opportunity.

Patti Ellingson
RemTec International
Director of Wholesale Development
1100 Haskins Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402
252-364-1098 (Office)
419-575-9490 (Mobile)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


RemTec Provides The Following:

· Shipping document preparation.

· Tank pickups are scheduled at your convenience.

· Free shipping to and from RemTec’s Processing Facility*.

· Payment for your R-22 meeting 98% purity.

· A complete paper trail for EPA recordkeeping.

· Free disposal of R-22 testing below 98% purity.

· D.O.T. tank recertification available at an additional cost.

*Based on a minimum net weight requirement of refrigerant.

Contact Gary Stofan for more information.
RemTec International
1100 Haskins Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402

RemTec International is an EPA certified reclaimer of refrigerants.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

RemTec's Disposal Program is Hassle Free!

RemTec International is an EPA certified reclaimer of refrigerants and we buy recovered (used) CFCs R-11, R-12, R-113, R-114 and R-115.

RemTec’s Disposal Program is Hassle Free!

RemTec Provides:
· Shipping documents.
· Tank pickups are scheduled.
· Free transport of your cylinders to and from our Bowling Green, Ohio processing facility.*
· Payment for your CFCs meeting 98% purity.
· Free disposal of your CFCs testing below 98% purity.
· A complete paper trail for your EPA recordkeeping.
· Hydrostatic testing of your tanks at an additional cost.
*Based on a minimum net weight requirement of refrigerant. or
RemTec International
1100 Haskins Road
Bowling Green, OH 43402

RemTec International purchases surpluses of used Halon 1301, Halon 1211, HFC-227ea, HFC-125, HFC-236fa and Novec 1230™.
RemTec also provides quick turnaround recharge service for Halon 1301, HFC-227ea, HFC-125, HFC-236fa and Novec 1230™.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Industry Dealing With Curbs on HCFCs, HFCs

Taken from October issue of Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration, the NEWS October 26, 2009

Two independent refrigerant legislative actions are in line to affect supplies of all HCFCs such as R-22 and all HFCs such as R-410A. But the HVACR industry is moving to prevent either action from negatively affecting the ability of contractors to do service work. That was one aspect of an Executive Roundtable Audio Event hosted by DuPont in early September.

Mack McFarland, DuPont Environmental Fellow, told those listening in on a conference call that the U.S. Clean Air Act is causing a 58 percent reduction in current levels of R-22 production beginning in 2010 and a phase out of the refrigerant by 2020. And he said pending climate change legislation appears to be pointing to a phase down in HFC production starting in 2012.
Regarding HCFCs, he noted the Environmental Protection Agency is projecting a supply of 110 million pounds of virgin R-22 in 2010 while the demand is 137 million pounds for the refrigerant overall. “What does this mean?” asked McFarland. “It means R-22 users need to plan to respond to decreased availability now and consider retrofitting with HFC refrigerants.”

He proposed a two-step plan involving contractors retrofitting what R-22 equipment they can with HFCs that the industry is making available for such a procedure, and then servicing R-22 equipment that is not retrofitted with recovered R-22. He also noted the need for increased reclamation efforts that bring recovered refrigerant back to AHRI-700 purity standards.
At the same time, he acknowledged that pending U.S. climate change legislation has been targeting HFCs, but that the industry “was able to get HFCs out of the broad carbon basket,” that could have resulted in even higher costs and a more rapid phase down. He said it appears now that HFCs will face “only modest equivalent fees” and a reduction schedule that will allow “time to develop and deploy next-generation low-global warming potential refrigerant options.”
He said, “The point is that HFC refrigerants will remain the cost-effective retrofit option.”

During the conference, DuPont promoted one such HFC refrigerant, R-438, which the company markets as MO-99.

Nick Strickland, market development manager, said the refrigerant has “similar pressure enthalpy performance as R-22 and uses mineral oil.” He said the tradeoff is a “slight capacity loss” compared with R-22.

Publication date: 10/26/2009
Visit the NEWS at

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cylinder Maintenance Services

RemTec International is a certified Department of Transportation (DOT) hydrostatic testing facility. Our Bowling Green, Ohio facility also provides for cylinders tested in accordance with Transport Canada dual-stamped cylinder standards and regulations.

RemTec's Tank and Cylinder Refurbishment program services bulk storage containers, high-pressure industrial gas cylinders, low-pressure refrigerant recovery cylinders and CV series valve rebuilding. RemTec specializes in testing and refurbishment of 4BW series, 4BA series, 1 ton bulk tanks and 150 pound chlorine cylinders.

Cylinder Tanks
RemTec offers complete cylinder testing and maintenance for portable bulk storage containers. We are known throughout the industry for our commitment to quality and service; providing timely turn around, competitive pricing and outstanding customer service.

We perform:

Hydrostatic testing with computerized test results
Fiber optics visual inspection
Cylinder stripping
Cylinder painting
Valve removal and insertion
Valve rebuilding
Internal cleaning
Complete cylinder maintenance services
RemTec International complies with all United States Department of Transportation requirements.

Contact RemTec today! 1-800-372-1301

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Refrigerant MSDS online!

We now have our RemTec MSDS available on our website for you to download whenever you need to!