EPA Final Rule Section 608 and SNAP Released

October 13, 2016

On September 26, 2016, EPA issued two pre-publication final rules. A quick summary of changes include; more stringent requirements for repairing leaks in larger appliances, new recordkeeping for the disposal of appliances with more than 50 lbs. of refrigerant, new reporting requirements when larger appliances leak more than 125% of their charge in a calendar year and restricting the sale of HFC refrigerants to technicians certified under Sections 608 or 609 of the Clean Air Act.

Additionally, The EPA is establishing reclamation standards for HFCs, PFCs, and HFOs based on AHRI Standard AHRI-700-2016. Starting January 2017, refrigerant reclaimers will have to; analyze each batch of ODS and non-ODS refrigerants being reclaimed, verify that each batch of reclaimed refrigerant meets the AHRI 700-2016 standard, release no more than 1.5% of the refrigerant during the reclamation process and maintain records of the quality of each refrigerant sent for reclamation, includes the mass of each CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs reclaimed and the mass of waste products from the reclamation process, along with customer and sales records.

Here is the pre-published final rule¬†and EPA related fact sheets on Rule 608. Section 612 of the Clean Air Act requires that the EPA prohibit the use of substitutes where the EPA has determined that there are other available substitutes that pose less risk to human health and the environment. EPA’s SNAP program recently updated the listing of acceptable and non-acceptable refrigerants and uses. Here are the EPA fact sheets listing these updates.