The US Court Rejects Petition to Continue HFC Bans

In an article written by the, Cooling Post:

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal  brought by refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell, in addition to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), on the courts decision to overturn a ban on the usage of HFC refrigerants.

In 2015, the EPA ruled to ban high GWP refrigerants including R404A, R134a, R407C and R410A from use in certain new products as early as January 1, 2021.

Refrigerant manufacturers Mexichem and Arkema appealed the 2015 ruling, claiming that the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act to target HFCs. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed, and in August last year decided 2-1 in favor of the appeal, discontinuing the ban on HFC’s.

While this court decision slows efforts to phaseout HFC’s, states like California are creating their own phase-down schedules and other states are likely to follow. There is also uncertainty on whether the Trump administration will ratify the Kigali Amendment, which met it’s 20-country threshold for ratification in November of 2017.

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Dynatemp Submits Comments to CARB Regarding HFC Bans

Recently, Dynatemp International sent comments to CARB, the California Air Resources Board, regarding the news of enhancements and updates to the Assembly Bill No. 32. “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006” and also Senate Bill 1383.

Our main points are numbered below:

1.)  No state regulation should supersede proposed Kigali amendment or SNAP’s authority.  It creates a fractured regulatory environment for industry.  We prefer a reserved regulatory environment which defers to global preferences first.

2.)  The use of incentives will have a stronger realization to reduction of high-GWP use because it will encourage reclamation and recycling.  We do not support any sales ban.

3.)  Codes and standards need to be in place first before a sales ban, not the other way around.
To see full letter, click here. 

Beginning 1/1/18 Changes Come Regarding Section 608

There are many changes coming starting January 1, 2018 regarding Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. Some of the top changes are listed below:

1. You must be a Section 608 certified technician to purchase HFC refrigerant.

2. Refrigerant distributors may only sell HFC refrigerants to certified technicians and must maintain records for those sales.

3. You must be a Section 608 certified technician to open HFC appliances.

 4. Certifying organizations must post a list of new technicians certified after 1/1/17 (Starting 1/1/18).
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The Kigali Amendment Met it’s 20-country Ratification Threshold

In an article written by, Andrew Williams, of R744.com 

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on phasing down HFCs will enter into force on 1 January 2019 after surpassing the required ratification threshold.

The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a landmark international agreement to phase down the production and use of HFCs, is poised to enter into force after it was ratified by Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago yesterday. That meets the threshold for the treaty to come into effect on the earliest possible date: 1 January 2019.

The Kigali deal stipulated that the treaty would enter into force on 1 January 2019 provided it had been ratified by at least 20 parties to the Montreal Protocol. Sweden and Trinidad & Tobago bring the deal over that threshold following formal ratification by six other countries earlier this week: Finland, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), Luxembourg, the Maldives, Slovakia and the United Kingdom. Canada ratified the Kigali Amendment on 3 November.

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