Refrigerants & Reclaim

Man Gets Prison Time for Venting R-22

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Clean Air Act
By Jen Anesi
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Martin C. Eldridge III now faces 31 months in federal prison for releasing the refrigerant, which is currently being phased out of production in the U.S. due to its threat to the earth’s ozone layer.


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Exhibitors Guide to Refrigeration Directions

‘Heavy Equipment’ Show Has Range of Products
By Peter Powell
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Here, manufacturers of large machinery bring some of their latest developments, along with the range of products and services on display every year.


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EPA Cautions Against Using Propane-based Refrigerants

FBI Joins EPA in Issuing Warnings About Unapproved Refrigerants
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The EPA says a number of unapproved refrigerants with “22a” or “R-22a” in the name contain highly flammable hydrocarbons such as propane. 


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The Professor: Defining the Impact of Frosted Compressor Head

What Frost on a Compressor Head Is — and What it Isn’t
By John Tomczyk
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All frost means is the suction line or compressor is below freezing, and the moisture in the air has reached its dew point temperature and condensed. 


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Ice Breaker: What Is a Ton of Refrigeration?

Dealing With Btu and System Capacity
By Joe Marchese
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A ton of refrigeration can be defined as the amount of heat removal to produce one ton of ice at 32° from one ton of water at 32°. But what else does it mean?


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CO2 Refrigerant Growth Continues Globally

Number of CO2 Applications Growing in Domestic Settings, Too
By Peter Powell
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CO2 as a refrigerant has been a part of the refrigeration landscape for close to a decade and continues to gain more and more attention in the states in refrigeration applications. Most recently, CO2 was showcased as a hot topic at the Food Marketing Institute Expo in Chicago.


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EPA Announces Refrigerant Action

Proposed Action Would Expand List of SNAP-Approved Substitutes
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This is the agency’s first action that addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan.


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Crossword Clues

The Answer Has Meaning to HVACR
By Peter Powell
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The answer to the crossword puzzle I was working on was an old friend of ours in the HVACR Industry: EPA as in Environmental Protection Agency.


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July 23, 2014: EPA Warns Against Charging A/C Units with Propane-Based Refrigerants

Using Such Refrigerants in an Existing Air Conditioner Poses Risk of Fire or Explosion
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a warning to consumers, contractors, and technicians about the safety hazards related to charging existing home and motor vehicle air conditioning systems with propane-based refrigerants. 


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July 18, 2014: EPA Proposes to Prohibit HFCs in Some Refrigeration Applications

Proposal Includes Retail Food Refrigeration and Vending Machines
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is proposing a rule that would prohibit the use of certain HFC refrigerants that have high global warming potential in select refrigeration applications.


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