Section 608: EPA Restricts Sales of Ozone-Depleting Substances to EPA-Certified Technicians. Record-Keeping Also Required.

October 30, 2017

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.

The restriction covers cans, cylinders and drums, but does not include small cans of substitute refrigerants, (e.g. R-134a, less than 2 pounds,) or systems and machinery for mobile air conditioning. Only technicians certified under 608 can purchase refrigerants for use with stationary refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. Section 609-certified technicians cannot purchase refrigerants that are intended for use with stationary equipment, regardless of container size.

Wholesaler Recordkeeping Responsibilities

Also commencing on January 1, 2018, purchases of non-ozone depleting alternative refrigerant substances such as HFCs are now subject to record-keeping.

Wholesalers selling either ozone-depleting or substitute refrigerants must retain invoices that show the name of the purchaser, date of sale, and the quantity of refrigerant purchased. Wholesalers selling refrigerant for resale are legally responsible for ensuring that their customers meet one of the categories of allowed purchasers under the sales restriction. Wholesalers can review their responsibilities under the program here at the EPA site.