R134a Dumping Affirmed by ITA; Antidumping duty is likely.

ita-logoMay 22, 2014, Excerpts from FACT SHEET: Commerce Preliminarily Finds Dumping of Imports of (R134a) from the People’s Republic of China published by the International Trade Administration (ITA)-

 

The Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of HFC-R134a from China.  For the purposes of this determination, dumping is said to occur when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value. As a result of the preliminary affirmative determination, Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to require cash deposits based on preliminary rates.

 

The Commerce Department is expected to announce its final determination on October 3, 2014.  Should an affirmative determination be made, The Commerce Department will issue an antidumping duty order and make “final injury determinations” in November 2014.Click Here for Fact Sheet distributed by the ITA

EPA Petitioned to Promote Recycling of HFC Refrigerants

Arlington, VA (February 3, 2014) – The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy (Alliance) submitted a petition for rulemaking to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Friday, January 31, 2014. The request seeks to include hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the provisions of Title VI, Section 608 of the Clean Air Act intended to reduce refrigerant gas emissions. Including HFCs under Section 608 would reduce the emissions of these important compounds that provide safe and effective refrigeration and air conditioning services but are also greenhouse gases. Section 608 already includes requirements for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

The Alliance estimates that the inclusion of HFCs under Section 608 could reduce HFC emissions by 15-20% in the United States. The primary goal of Section 608 is to minimize the loss of refrigerant to the atmosphere by improving the practices utilized during the servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration appliances. It sets certain leak and recovery standards and requires enhanced certification of equipment and technicians.

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R-421A gets OEM Approval from ComfortStar

On February 21st, ComfortStar announced that Choice R-421A is approved as the only acceptable R22 alternative refrigerant for all ComfortStar MIA/MIH-NCRdry-nitrogen-charged Air Conditioning units. We are very excited that Choice R-421A is the ONLY R-22 direct replacement covered under warranty for residential A/C by any OEM to date. We feel that this is a major step in the evolution and adoption of Choice R-421A as the preferred R22 replacement in the marketplace.

 

ComfortStar mentions the following reasons for approving R421A as the only acceptable R22 alternative refrigerant for use in their equipment-

 

-R421A is an environmentally friendly non ozone depleting replacement for R22

-R421A can replace R22 without modification-

-R421A no hydrocarbons such as butane, and is rated “A1” by ASHRAE

-R421A is non flammable and rated A1 by ASHRAE

-R421A can be used with Mineral, AB, or POE oils*

-R421A is comparable to R22 in terms of performance  and pressures, approximately 1% higher at 95°F

 

For more information on Choice R421A, please visit our website or contact us toll-free at 1-855-GET-421A.

 

*If there is a vertical height difference of 20 feet or more between the evaporator and condensor, the system must be converted to POE.

DynaCycle Extends Trade-in & Trade-up Program

Program to run through May 2012

The program that allows participating contractors to exchange one 50 lb. or two 30 lb steel cylinders containing a total minimum of 30 pounds of tier one R-22 in exchange for a new DynaCycle Cylinder has been extended through the May .  The program has been met with a strong response from the contracting community at large.

DynaCycle has advertised the program heavily during the months of March, April and May. With new wholesalers now coming on board, we want to make sure that these contractors get an opportunity to participate in program and receive the best cylinder in the industry.