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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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New R-421A Counter Display / Literature Holder

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We are happy to announce the availability of the Choice™ R-421A Countertop Literature Display.  This display is cutout in the shape of the blue Choice™ R-421Acylinder and it includes a clear acrylic pocket that holds Dynatemp literature.

Click Here to order your R-421A Countertop Literature Display. Choose “Choice™ R-421A Countertop Literature Display” in the drop-down list of available marketing material (toward the bottom of the page in the “Marketing Materials Request” section). Your display will ship with one pack of 50 R-421A Sell Sheets.

China’s R-134a Producers Accused of Dumping in the U.S.

USITC LogoOn October 22, 2013, an anti-dumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petition was filed by Mexichem Fluor, Inc. on R-134a gas from China.  Mexichem alleges AD margins as high as 196% and that Chinese producers are benefitting from several subsidies.  Duty liability could begin as soon as January 16, 2014.
AD duties are imposed to offset unfairly priced imports that materially injure or threaten to injure the U.S. industry.  CVD duties are imposed to offset allegedly unfairly priced imports that are subsidized by national, state, or provincial governments that materially injure or threaten to injure the U.S. industry.
On October 24, 2013, the United States International Trade Commission sent a letter to all U.S. R134a stakeholders requesting that they complete a questionnaire on R-134a.  Questionnaires must be completed by November 5, 2013.  The Commission will use this information to “determine whether there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or is threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports from China of R-134a that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.”
For more information, please click here for article on National Law Review web page.

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.