March 10, 2010: Honeywell Supports New Website to Curtail Illegal R-22 Sales in the U.S.
“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 https://www.klexserve.com/catch22/. Those looking to report known or suspected cases of illegal activity can also call 866-506-6134.
Publication date: 03/08/2010