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2016 ODS Refrigerant Reclamation Numbers Were Posted By The EPA

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2016 ODS Refrigerant Reclamation numbers were posted by the EPA.

9.4 million lbs. or R22 was reclaimed in 2016, marking a 20% increase on year-over-year totals, and the highest annual total since 2008.

Click here to review the full Summary of Refrigerant Reclamation chart.

Click below to download the ODS Refrigerant Reclamation Totals by Year

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R1234yf: Federal Trade Commission ends investigation and Federal Circuit upholds Honeywell’s patent

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August 12, 2017

USA: The US Federal Trade Commission has closed its investigation into agreements between Honeywell and DuPont – now Chemours – over the sale of the HFO refrigerant R1234yf.
The non-public investigation sought to determine whether Honeywell and DuPont engaged in conduct that violated laws of restraint of trade or unfair competition.
In a letter to those involved, Federal Trade Commission Secretary Donald S Clark said: “Upon further review of this matter, it now appears that no further action is warranted by the Commission at this time. Accordingly, the investigation has been closed.”    …Click here to read more.

August 15, 2017

USA:  The Federal Circuit vacated the decision by the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate Honeywell’s R1234yf patent.  The plain-english translation reads, Honeywell’s R1234yf patent is upheld as valid and enforceable.    …Click here to read more.

News: Hudson Technologies to Acquire Airgas-Refrigerants

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In a recent press release, Hudson Technologies (HDSN) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Airgas-Refrigerants, Inc. (“ARI”), a subsidiary of Airgas, Inc., a leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, in a transaction valued on a gross basis at approximately $220 million, subject to closing and post-closing adjustments.

Click here to read the full release on StreetInsider.com

Japan Is Taking Steps Forward To Honor Kigali Amendment

In a recent article on CoolingPost.com states, “Japan is taking steps forward to honor Kigali Amendment”

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry logo_enJAPAN: The refrigerants R448A and the HFO R1233zd have joined a number of low GWP refrigerants classified as inert gases under revisions to Japan’s High Pressure Gas Safety Act.

Issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the revised regulation aims to expedite the adoption of next-generation refrigerants with lower GWPs and also help the country meet its aggressive targets to phase down the use of high-GWP HFCs.

Japan’s High Pressure Gas Safety Act regulates the production, storage, sale, transportation and other matters related to the handling of high pressure gases.

…Click here to read the full article.