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Complimentary Luncheon: Refrigerant Rule Revisions: Is Your Facility Prepared?

Recent amendments to the Montreal Protocol and EPA refrigerant management regulations will significantly impact refrigerant compliance and maintenance programs at petroleum refineries and other industrial facilities. The revised Protocol, which is likely to go into effect in 2019, expands its focus from strictly stratospheric ozone depleting substances (ODSs) to refrigerants that are greenhouse gases (GHGs). This is driven through a phase down schedule for production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) such as R-134a and R-410A, which are some of the most commonly used refrigerants across the U.S. The EPA has already moved forward with initial changes to their regulations by disapproving the use of certain HFCs in specific end-uses and overhauling the refrigerant management regulations within Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 82 (40 CFR 82), Subpart F. The revised Subpart F provisions contain numerous substantial updates, including extending the requirements to cover substitute refrigerants that do not contain ODS modifying appliance disposal requirements, lowering the leak rate thresholds that trigger repair requirements, adding leak inspection or monitoring requirements, adding numerous recordkeeping requirements, as well as several other updates with phased in compliance deadlines of January 1, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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