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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.

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.

 

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – Airgas Refrigerants, Inc., announced today that it has changed its name to ASPEN Refrigerants, Inc. (ARI). ARI was recently acquired by Hudson Technologies, and will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary.  ARI is a leading refrigerant distributor and EPA-certified reclaimer in the U.S.  ARI distributes, reclaims and packages refrigerant gases for a variety of end uses.

 

Airgas Refrigerants, Inc., purchased in October 2017, is now ASPEN Refrigerants, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hudson Technologies, Inc.

 

The new name was chosen because the ASPEN Refrigerants brand has had a strong presence in the refrigerants industry for a decade. It was distributed by Airgas Refrigerants, along with refrigerants from Arkema, Chemours, Honeywell and Mexichem Fluor.  

 

In August, the Chemours Company expressed its disappointment with the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program Rule 20. In that decision, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot require companies to replace potent heat-trapping chemicals with other substances.

 

Under regulation 40 CFR, part 82 Subpart F, Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, EPA has mandated that the purchase of ozone-depleting substances used as refrigerants is restricted to technicians certified under section 608 or 609 technician certification programs. This new requirement begins January 1, 2018 and will apply to most substitute refrigerants, including HFCs.