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In 2017, the US Court of Appeals ruled that the EPA did not have the authority to reduce hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs, through the Clean Air Act. This section of the Clean Air Act removed certain high GWP refrigerants, like 404a, 410a, 134a, and 407a, from the EPA’s SNAP list for use in certain new products.
However, this week the California Air and Resources Board (CARB) adopted the EPA’s previously proposed SNAP rules. California says they are working to reduce their emissions to mandated state and federal levels. Under a senate bill authored by Ricardo Lara, the Lara Bill, California will reduce its HFC emissions by 40% below 2013 levels by 2030. Due to the US Court of Appeals overruling the SNAP rules California passed its own regulations to stay in line with their goals.
In an article written by the, Cooling Post:
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected an appeal brought by refrigerant manufacturers Chemours and Honeywell, in addition to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), on the courts decision to overturn a ban on the usage of HFC refrigerants.
In 2015, the EPA ruled to ban high GWP refrigerants including R404A, R134a, R407C and R410A from use in certain new products as early as January 1, 2021.
Refrigerant manufacturers Mexichem and Arkema appealed the 2015 ruling, claiming that the EPA could not use a section of the Clean Air Act to target HFCs. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed, and in August last year decided 2-1 in favor of the appeal, discontinuing the ban on HFC’s.
While this court decision slows efforts to phaseout HFC’s, states like California are creating their own phase-down schedules and other states are likely to follow. There is also uncertainty on whether the Trump administration will ratify the Kigali Amendment, which met it’s 20-country threshold for ratification in November of 2017.
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Recently, Dynatemp International sent comments to CARB, the California Air Resources Board, regarding the news of enhancements and updates to the Assembly Bill No. 32. “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006” and also Senate Bill 1383.
Our main points are numbered below:
1.) No state regulation should supersede proposed Kigali amendment or SNAP’s authority. It creates a fractured regulatory environment for industry. We prefer a reserved regulatory environment which defers to global preferences first.
2.) The use of incentives will have a stronger realization to reduction of high-GWP use because it will encourage reclamation and recycling. We do not support any sales ban.
3.) Codes and standards need to be in place first before a sales ban, not the other way around.
There are many changes coming starting January 1, 2018 regarding Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. Some of the top changes are listed below:
1. You must be a Section 608 certified technician to purchase HFC refrigerant.
2. Refrigerant distributors may only sell HFC refrigerants to certified technicians and must maintain records for those sales.
3. You must be a Section 608 certified technician to open HFC appliances.
4. Certifying organizations must post a list of new technicians certified after 1/1/17 (Starting 1/1/18).
To read all changes, Click Here.