California’s Proposition 65 Regulations

Recently, we’ve received questions regarding whether Dynatemp’s products require a Proposition 65 label or not. In this post, we hope to answer your questions and provide you with links to all of the Prop 65 information you may need.
  1.  As seen on the Prop 65 website: “Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals.”
  2.  Cylinders that contain brass need Prop 65 warning labels because of the lead component in brass. Dynatemp’s cylinders do not contain brass and therefore do not need a Prop 65 label.
  3.  At this time all of the refrigerants we offer are not on the Prop 65 list and do not require a warning label.
In conclusion, none of Dynatemp’s products require a Prop 65 warning label. If changes occur we will keep you posted.
Follow the link for more Prop 65 info, including lists of affected products and FAQs.

Late Summer Refrigerant Industry Update

Dear Dynatemp Refrigerants Distributor,
After recent trade negotiations, the United States has announced tariffs on a wide range of products being imported from China. While the list of items covered is extensive, of significance to the refrigerant market is the inclusion of several categories of common refrigerants.

Refrigerants affected by this include:
-HFC Blends (R410A, R407x, R404A, etc)
*Note that these are already subject to duties, and are generally not being imported from China*
-Many other commonly used refrigerants

While the proposed tariffs are subject to 60 days of comment before becoming applicable, the market may react by moving prices up in the near term. Dynatemp is committed to keeping our prices as competitive as possible, even in the face of rising costs. Please contact your local sales representative for current pricing and market information.

In addition to potential tariffs, uncertainty regarding regulations and timelines for an HFC phasedown continue to cast doubt on the future of the refrigerant market. While the Kigali Amendment is still awaiting a vote by the Senate, recent statements from officials in government and industry indicate broad support for the measure across the aisle. However, the current climate in Washington, DC makes predicting a timeline for action difficult. Weather continues to play a major part in our business, and NOAA is predicting further heat and low humidity for much of the West and Pacific Northwest, exacerbating fire control efforts, and endangering more and more people. The South and East (to Mid-Atlantic) should see wetter, cooler
weather for a short period of time. As the cooling season winds down in much of the country over the next few months, we will re-evaluate pricing in the market as many of the pieces fall into place regarding regulations and tariffs.

We appreciate your ongoing support of Dynatemp Refrigerants as we transition through the HCFC Phaseout and the regulatory landscape of the other refrigerants. Please remember that this is the most important time to discuss your refrigerant management program, which should include reclamation and recycling as well as an R22 replacement refrigerant, such as Choice™ R421A. After thousands of successful retrofits, Choice™ R-421A has emerged as “The Easy Choice” for R22 replacement. Please ask your local sales representative about our comprehensive refrigerant reclamation
and replacement programs.

Will Gresham
Vice President
Dynatemp Refrigerants

More States Advocate for HFC Reductions

On the one-year anniversary of the Trump Administration withdrawing from the global Paris Agreement, seventeen U.S. Governors, representing over 40% of the nation’s population, announced a new wave of climate actions on June 1 as part of their efforts with the United States Climate Alliance (USCA).  States that are part of this initiative are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont,Virginia, Washington and the territory of Puerto Rico.

Developing a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) plan is part of a new wave of climate action initiatives.  Those initiatives include:

  • Reducing Super Pollutants (HFC’s)
  • Mobilizing Financing for Climate Projects
  • Grid Modernization
  • Renewable Energy
  • Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Building Resilient Communities and Infrastructure
  • Increasing Carbon Storage in our Landscapes
  • Deploying Clean Transportation

The USCA pointed out to strategies which reduce HFC emissions as “those technologies that promote more energy efficient systems that lower costs for businesses and households, support the leadership of U.S. businesses developing alternatives to HFCs, and increase the need for skilled technicians and system designers.”

As an example, the state of New York has directed state departments to reduce HFC emissions through regulatory, incentive, and capacity building.  The NY Department of Environmental Conservation is monitoring the initiative and other agencies have been directed to work on this item.  In his 2018 State of the State, New York Governor Cuomo directed state agencies to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce HFC emissions through a suite of regulatory, incentive, and capacity-building programs.

The Alliance said it “invites all national and subnational jurisdictions, businesses and other actors to bring commitments to reduce short-lived climate pollutants to the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, California this September.”  More information can be found here.

The EPA Postpones SNAP Rule 20

Ozone Depletion

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that they were going to phase-out HFC refrigerants through a new rule under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. The new rule, SNAP Rule 20, set a schedule to phase-out HFC refrigerants like R-134a, R-404a, and R-410a. For more details on this rule click here. Although many in the refrigerant industry began to prepare for the next phase of refrigerants, a lawsuit, brought by Mexichem and Arkema, overturned SNAP Rule 20 due to the fact that EPA did not have authority under the Clean Air Act to target HFC’s. The Clean Air Act’s original intention was to phase-out ozone depleting refrigerants, and while HFC’s have high global warming potential, they are not ozone depleting.

While Honeywell and Chemour’s appealed the courts decision, they were ultimately ruled against marking the end of SNAP Rule 20.  Although the EPA has acknowledged that they will no longer enforce the rule, we know eventually HFC’s will be phased-out for lower global warming potential refrigerants like HFO’s.

We would prefer that the state department adopt the Kigali Amendment, which sets the framework for a global phase-down of HFC refrigerants. Read our opinion on the benefits to the Kigali Amendment here.

Without the Kigali Amendment, states will create their own phase-down laws, similar to what California’s CARB is doing. A worldwide phase-down would be much cleaner and easier for the industry as a whole. For now, we wait until the Trump Administration decides their course of action for HFC phase-downs.