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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of HFCs in certain stationary refrigeration and foam end-uses.

In February 2018, the American HFC Coalition appealed the HFC anti-dumping case decision that HFC components for 400 series blends imported from China are separate products from the blends themselves and should not be subject to duties.

The Chemours Company, the spinoff fluorochemical products company born of DuPont, announced that it has acquired ICOR International, a privately-owned leading supplier of branded, ozone safe refrigerants and related products for HVACR applications in North America.

Sr. Vice President of Sales and Purchasing Jay Kestenbaum was one of several industry sources interviewed by ACHR News in an important article on the state of reclamation for R-22.

In January, 2018, the Section 608 rule extended purchasing requirements to non-ozone depleting alternative refrigerant substances such as HFCs. This means that now, the sale of most refrigerants of two pounds or larger is restricted to 608- and 609-certified technicians. This includes R-134a, which under past guidelines was excluded.

In Chicago, this year’s AHR Expo had everything you’d expect—and in record-setting numbers. As ASPEN team members met with customers, partners, press and contractors, the show swirled with more than 72,000 attendees—the highest number ever—who mingled throughout the half a million square feet of floor space, attended informational settings, and witnessed Contractor of the Year selections and Innovation Award winners.

Next year, 2019, will be the last year that newly-manufactured R-22 will be allowed in the U.S.

This year, 2018, the allowance is 9 million pounds. In 2019, the allowance drops to 4 million pounds, and in 2020, that number will be reduced to zero .

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a petition filed by Honeywell, The Chemours Co., and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) appealing a summer 2017 ruling that EPA cannot ban the use of HFCs under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. 

The European Union adopted two legislative acts to reduce emissions from fluorinated greenhouse gases (called F-gases in Europe), including HFCs. They are the ’MAC Directive’ on air conditioning systems used in small motor vehicles, and the ‘F-gas Regulation’ which covers all other key applications in which F-gases are used.

Come see ASPEN Refrigerants, formerly Airgas Refrigerants, and meet with our executives and experienced sales team at the 2018 AHR Expo/ASHRAE Meeting at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The Company recently changed its name to match its familiar ASPEN brand. ASPEN Refrigerants provides the same great products and services and has the same great people as Airgas Refrigerants, just with a new name.