How much HCFC-22 will be available to contractors in 2012 is an unanswered question as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers a faster phaseout of HCFCs. The EPA began the year by issuing a proposal called Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Adjustments to the Allowance System for Controlling HCFC Production, Import, and Export.
Production and importation of HCFC refrigerants including R-22 have been on hold since the first of the year while the industry waits for an official go-ahead from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Carrier wound up at the center of the debate over dry-shipped R-22 units after petitioning the EPA to close the loophole allowing the installation of new R-22 units. For spearheading Carrier’s petition and leading the charge to continue the phaseout of R-22, John Mandyck is a 2011 NEWSmaker.
In the July 11 issue of The NEWS there was a Newsline story about the Environmental Protection Agency apparently conducting audits of contractors and wholesalers regarding their refrigerant record keeping.