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Refrigerants & Reclaim

Breaking News, feature stories, and technical advances on the refrigeration front.

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Costco Fined for R-22 Venting

Company to Pay $335,000 and Invest $2 million in Refrigerant Management

In a settlement announced Sept. 3 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice, Costco will pay $335,000 in penalties for federal Clean Air Act violations and improve refrigerant management at 274 stores at an estimated cost of $2 million over the next three years.


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Making New Refrigerants Work in Systems

Studies Show the Testing Being Done

It’s one thing to announce new refrigerants. It is another thing to figure out how they will work in real-life situations. With the industry facing an apparent shift to low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, the performance of those gases is being carefully studied.


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Dealing with Refrigerant Leaks

Refrigeration Has a ‘Freeze’ Solution

A new form of leak sealing has been developed that can deal with a wide range of refrigeration leak issues, saving money for everyone from the cost conscious walk-in equipment owner to the cash strapped college student with a leaky refrigerator.


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Refrigerant Leak Prevention

The Key Is Regular Maintenance

The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership has been providing the refrigeration sector with information on efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions and improve efficiencies of commercial equipment. The partnership also publishes service-related materials, the following of which is excerpted from those files.


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Oct. 24, 2014: Emerson Climate Technologies Launches E360 Initiative

Provides Customers with Resources Necessary to Stay Ahead of Issues Impacting Commercial Refrigeration

Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. announced that it has launched E360, an initiative to help commercial refrigeration customers address the many issues and challenges facing them today.


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Oct. 24, 2014: DuPont Introduces New HFO Refrigerants for Commercial Refrigeration

New Refrigerants Offer Low-GWP Alternatives

DuPont Fluorochemicals has announced the introduction of three new refrigerants in its DuPont™ Opteon® family, based on hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) technology. The company said these refrigerants have far lower global warming potential (GWP) than the products they are designed to replace.


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Oct. 20, 2014: EPA Steps Up Phaseout of R-22 Refrigerant

Final Rule Slashes Production, Importation Come Jan. 1

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final phase down schedule regarding production and importation of HCFC-22 refrigerant. It calls for an immediate drop come this Jan. 1 from 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 to 22 million pounds in 2015.


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New Era Dealt Setback in Court of Appeals

Push to Accelerate R-22 Phaseout Hits Roadblock

Basically, the court ruled against New Era in this regard on the technicality that New Era “did not address these issues in its response to the motion for summary denial.”


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Developing Next-gen Refrigerants

It’s Time to Get Involved in the Ongoing Development of New Refrigerants

The HVACR industry is always exploring new options that may lead to more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly refrigerants to keep facilities — and the people and technology in them — comfortably cool.


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Thieves Target R-22 as EPA Phaseout Threatens Supply

Security Measures Crucial as Phaseout Deadline Draws Near

As the pending EPA phaseout diminishes supplies, the demand for R-22 is likely to increase, which may trigger additional criminal activity.


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