13 October 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 […]

The AHRI-accredited Airgas Refrigerants Testing Lab is offering kits that allow contractors and engineers to pull and send their own refrigerant samples for rapid testing. Call 800-473-3766 to order one or multiple kits, or order them┬áhere. Your analysis report should be received within 48 hours of your sample arriving at Airgas Refrigerants’ Atlanta facility. The […]

7 October 2016

In late September, the United States hosted a gathering of countries in New York to support negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. The event highlighted several significant announcements: More than 100 countries called for securing an ambitious amendment with an ‘early freeze date,’ […]

7 September 2016

On September 30th, The U.S. Department of Commerce Released a fact sheet announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping duty investigation of imports of R-134a from China. Commerce assigned the preliminary dumping margin of 137.23 percent to one major respondent and to the non-selected respondents eligible for a separate rate. Commerce determined a preliminary […]

30 August 2016

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) updated AHRI Guideline Q, Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders to include best practices for end-of-life recycling of flammable refrigerant containers. AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek commented that it’s critical not only to handle flammable refrigerants safely, but also to recycle the containers properly. Recommended […]

4 August 2016

On July 22, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced its determinations in its final phase of an antidumping duty investigation concerning hydrofluorocarbon blends for 404A, 507A, 410A, 407A & 407C and their individual components from China. The Commission unanimously found that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of hydrofluorocarbon […]

2 August 2016

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that all refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light-green grey (RAL 7044), and that existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020. Container labels and markings remain the preferred method for identification for refrigerants. This change and others […]

10 June 2016

With summer beginning, the supply of various refrigerants will be affected by several different conditions, which will likely result in spot shortages for the entire season. R-22 is now in its last three years of EPA-allocated new production and will continue to be in short supply. The limited approximately 18 million pound total production allowance […]

28 May 2016

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has determined that imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends and components from the People’s Republic of China are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Department of Commerce also determined that ‘critical circumstances’ exist with respect to imports of these […]