NEWS: Industrial Supply Company Pleads Guilty

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Industrial Supply Company Pleads Guilty to contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998

KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 13, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Canadians value a safe and a clean environment. Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers work hard every day to make sure individuals and companies are following Canadian environmental laws.

On September 7, 2017, Fastenal Canada Ltd., of Kitchener, Ontario, was fined $265,000 after pleading guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice to two counts of contravening the Ozone-Depleting Substances Regulations, 1998 made pursuant to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers investigated Fastenal Canada Ltd., revealing that, from November 2012 to January 2015, the company imported and sold aerosol products containing hydrochlorofluorocarbons—a regulated ozone-depleting substance.

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UK begins ratification of Kigali deal on HFCs



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The UK has committed to nearly wipe out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCS) as part of a landmark UN agreement which aims to prevent 0.5C of global warming by the end of the century.

The Kigali amendment to the UN Montreal Protocol, agreed by almost 200 nations in October 2016, forces countries to reduce HFC refrigerant gases from appliances such as air conditioning units and refrigerators. As part of the UK’s commitment to the deal, the country will reduce HFCs by 85% between 2019 and 2036.

Announcing the UK’s start of the ratification process yesterday (5 September), Defra Secretary Michael Gove said: “Adopting this ambitious target will mark the UK as a world leader in tackling climate change.

“Not only will this deal reduce global carbon emissions by the equivalent of around 70 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050 – the same as 600 coal fired power stations would produce during that time – it will also help to protect our health, our agriculture and the wider environment.”

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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


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.