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An Update On The AIM Act

Did you miss the United States House of Representatives hearing titled the “American Innovation and Jobs: Legislation to Phase Down Hydrofluorocarbons”? If you did, you can check out the recorded version here.

As a reminder, this is the House version of the Senate’s AIM Act (S. 2754), which was introduced in October and is currently in committee. The AIM Act establishes a 15 year HFC phasedown schedule, while also giving the EPA the authority it needs to enforce the phasedown. Both bills have bipartisan congressional support as well as HVACR industry and environmental group support. In addition, Dynatemp Refrigerants was among thirty-two HVACR industry CEO’s to sign a letter of support for a federally mandated HFC phasedown. In the absence one, we will continue to see a patchwork of state by state phasedown legislation as we have seen with California, Vermont, Washington, and now New Jersey.

What are the next steps? Both the Senate bill and the House bill are in committee, you can track their progress through congress.gov. Senate Bill S.2754 and House Bill H.R.5544

If you haven’t already, use HARDI’s tool to email your Representatives and ask them to support a federally mandated HFC phasedown to give the HVACR industry the clarity it needs to plan for the next generation of refrigerants.

Additional Sources:

https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/11/carper-and-kennedy-introduce-bill-to-phasedown-use-of-hfcs

 

Frequently Asked Questions About The DynaCycle Reclamation Program

Every month we compile and share a list of recently asked questions regarding our DynaCycle Reclamation program. It’s important to become a member of a trustworthy reclamation program, like DynaCycle, where you get paid for your recovered refrigerants. At DynaCycle we accept all refrigerants, there are no freight costs, and we pay for R22 and pure HFCs and HFOs.  If you aren’t currently a member of a reclamation program and you have any questions about DynaCycle that we haven’t covered here, please reach out to us at: info@dynacycle.com 

What reports and customer tracking does DynaCycle provide Distributors? 

Within about ten business days of DynaCycle receiving a shipment of filled recovery cylinders, the Distributor will receive a payment report (in pdf and/or excel format) that details the following information for each cylinder-
• Technician company information and ID#
• Distributor location and receiving-employee information
• Cylinder serial number or tag number
• Refrigerant type & purity level
• Weight of contents
• Applicable payments, charges, and credits based on Refrigerant Buyback and Service Fee Schedule

Additionally, DynaCycle will send the Distributor an EPA Compliant receiving report (pdf format) for each Technician Customer. DynaCycle reports can be customized according to the needs of the Distributor. For example, if a Distributor is sharing a portion of the program proceeds with customers, DynaCycle can produce a report detailing payment splits as defined by the Distributor.

Is freight really free both ways?

Yes! We cover 100% of the cost of freight to ship cylinders and/or tanks to and from your location.

What refrigerants does DynaCycle pay for?

We accept ALL refrigerants in the DynaCycle reclamation program. We pay for R22 and pure HFCs and HFOs.

What cylinders do you accept?

DynaCycle accepts 30 and 50 lb steel reclamation cylinders and our 50 lb composite cylinders. We also accept industrial gas sizes including 125 lb, 240 lb, and 1,000 lb tanks.

In addition, DynaCycle accepts non-DynaCycle reclamation cylinders. We are here to make this the most convenient reclamation program it can be!

For more information on the DynaCycle Cylinder Exchange Program please call (717) 249-0157 or email info@dynacycle.com.

A Bipartisan HFC Phasedown Bill That Puts America First

Recently Republican senator John Kennedy and Democrat senator Tom Carper, along with a group of fourteen bipartisan senators, filed the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2019 (AIM Act). A bill that would provide a federally structured phasedown of HFC refrigerants over the next 15 years. In addition to the group of bipartisan lawmakers, the AIM Act of 2019 has widespread industry support. Our CEO, Brad Kivlan, was among 31 leaders in the HVAC industry, as well as AHRI and The Alliance for Atmospheric Policy, to sign a letter urging Congress to pass the legislation. The environmental community is also in support.  The AIM Act of 2019 is something that everyone can agree puts the American HVAC industry first in a highly competitive global market.

Why does the AIM Act of 2019 have so much support?

  • It provides clarity to US businesses with a gradual and market-friendly  phasedown of HFCs
  • The HVAC industry has been preparing for an HFC phasedown for over a decade and has invested billions of dollars into the next generation of refrigerants.
  • It gives the EPA the authority it needs to mandate a phasedown of twenty substances known as HFCs but provides no extended authority to the EPA to regulate anything else
  • According to a study by the Interindustry Forecasting Group at the University of Maryland, the phasing down of HFCs over the next 15 years will create 33,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs, add $12.5 billion per year to the U.S. economy, and increase exports of refrigerants and related equipment by 25 %.
  • The bill was prepared with tremendous input from experts at the EPA, in the environmental community, and the HVAC industry
  • The phasedown structure is aligned with the Kigali Amendment, which will keep the US competitive with the rest of the world
  • The phasedown works through an allowance allocation and trading program

Although there is a great deal of support across the board for this bill, there is still a question about whether the Trump administration will support it due to its history of deregulation.

If you would like to urge your senator to vote “yes” on the AIM Act of 2019, HARDI has created a user-friendly website where you can fill in your address and populate a letter of support that will be emailed to your state’s senators. Try it here. 

We will keep you updated as news of the AIM Act of 2019 becomes available. Continue to check our Twitter account for details.

 

 

 

The EPA Approves R-453A for SNAP

Under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to evaluate significant new alternatives substitutes (SNAP) for ozone-depleting substances in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. These newly approved substances meet the EPA’s criteria to reduce the risk to overall human health and the environment as compared to other substances currently available in the market. The most newly approved SNAP substances and their end-uses are defined in the EPA SNAP 35 Fact Sheet. 

Dynatemp Refrigerants Company proudly supplies R-453A (RS-44b), which is now approved for refrigerated truck and trailer transport (new and retrofitted).

R-453 (RS-44b) is the lowest GWP HFC on the market at 1765 TAR and is ZERO ozone-depleting. It also has similar energy efficiency, cooling capacity, discharge pressure, and flow-rate as R22. It could be a great option to meet future regulations that limit the GWP level of HFC refrigerants. For more info on this refrigerant click here.