MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Honeywell announced its support for a new Website aimed at curtailing the illegal sale or purchase of R-22. The Website, Catch-22 Compliance Line, allows users to report the suspected sale or purchase of the refrigerant, providing information so that authorities can investigate further. Users can report such activity anonymously on the site if they choose. A dedicated domestic toll-free number is also available. Honeywell has provided financial support for the site.

“Honeywell is supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its efforts to curb the illegal sale and use of R-22,” said David Diggs, global business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “As one of the companies with authorized EPA allowances to sell this refrigerant, we want to make sure that the R-22 market is a level playing field for all participants. This Website allows people who witness or suspect illegal activity to do the right thing.”

As a party to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, the United States must incrementally decrease HCFC consumption and production, culminating in a complete HCFC phaseout in 2030. The EPA ensures that HCFC consumption in the U.S. is 75 percent below the 1996 U.S. baseline - as required under the Montreal Protocol - by issuing allowances to producers and importers of HCFCs, including Honeywell.

Those without allowances who illegally sell or import R-22 in the U.S. are subject to seizures of the product, large fines, and even prison sentences. Those who buy illegally obtained R-22 can also have it seized and receive fines.

The Website can be found at Those looking to report known or suspected cases of illegal activity can also call 866-506-6134.

Publication date:03/08/2010