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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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.
Pump-Down fee includes testing
We at DynaCycle receive regular questions about what to do if a contractor customer thinks their recovery tank contains mixed gas. Here is our suggestion- Have your contractor customer drop off and tag the recovery cylinder.
When Rapid Recovery gets the contractor’s cylinder, the first thing they do is test the gas that is inside the cylinder. The test is included in the $17 cylinder processing fee and it will determine if the gas is mixed. If the gas is mixed, the Rapid Recovery technician will set the tank aside and the wholesaler should contact the customer to see if they want the tank pumped down for a nominal fee of $3.50 per pound. If your customer does not want to pay the mixed gas fee, you can return the cylinder to your customer and the only fee they incur is the $17 cylinder processing fee.