Trader Joe’s Settles Refrigerant Allegations

U.S. alleged Trader Joe’s had violated Title VI of the Clean Air Act (CAA) MONROVIA, Calif. — Trader Joe’s Co., based in Monrovia, California, reached a settlement in June with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the company’s management of refrigerants. The U.S. had alleged that Trader Joe’s failed to properly perform leak repair and […]

AHRI Removes Paint Color Assignments For Refrigerant Containers

Revisions to Guideline N specify light green-gray on all containers by 2020 All refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light green/gray (RAL 7044), and existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020. That’s the word from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which has announced […]

Rapid Recovery Joins A-Gas

June 2, 2016 Rapid Recovery, the leading refrigerant recovery service provider in the United States, has been acquired by A-Gas Americas, the US division of A-Gas International, a global expert in the supply and lifecycle management of specialty chemicals and gases. Headquartered in Phoenix Arizona, Rapid Recovery operates across the United States from its 40-branch […]

Natural HC Refrigerants Spell Change Not Doom

Originally published by Ron Rajecki on April 4, 2016 Examining the impact refrigerants lacking recovery requirements have on recovery and reclamation What does the growing popularity of natural refrigerants and hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants bode for the recovery and reclamation industries? From the article: Jerry Dykstra, environmental compliance facilitator, Rapid Recovery, has misgivings about reintroducing HCs […]

US Firms To Pay $495,000 For R22 Violations

USA: Two seafood processing and cold storage companies are to pay $495,000 in penalties for violations of laws relating to the management of ozone-depleting refrigerant R22. In a settlement announced yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice, Ocean Gold Seafoods Inc and Ocean Cold LLC will pay $495,000 in penalties for violations […]

R-22 Phaseout Slashes Supply to 18M Pounds

Refrigerant Phaseout, SNAP changes, and more will affect HVACR industry in 2016 Of the dozens of regulations that have been issued the last few years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rule governing the production and importation of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-22 has had perhaps the most immediate impact on HVACR contractors. Additionally, the EPA’s Significant New […]

Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Seller Hit For $300K

A US company has agreed to cease sales of unapproved hydrocarbon refrigerants and pay a $300,000 civil penalty. According to the two-count complaint, filed simultaneously with the settlement today in the Central District of Illinois, Enviro-Safe Refrigerants Inc of Pekin, Illinois, allegedly breached US Clean Air Act requirements through the marketing and sale of two flammable […]

Wichita Company Hit With $100,000 Fine From EPA Over Flammable Products

Northcutt, Inc. denies it violated the Clean Air Act By Justin Wingerter [email protected] Northcutt Inc., a Wichita company specializing in the sale and rental of tractor trailers, will pay $100,000 after federal regulators found it was selling flammable products. Under an agreement between the company and U.S. Justice Department, Northcutt also must halt sales of […]

Adam Dykstra, President of Rapid Recovery, Recognized as One of the Top 40 Under 40

from: the NEWS article:  http://www.achrnews.com/articles/130342-the-news-recognizes-the-top-40-under-40 Most everyone in the HVAC industry has heard the stats about the “graying” of the industry and the lack of younger individuals choosing HVAC as a career. It’s a real issue, and one that is continuously being addressed by those in the industry. However, it’s sometimes easy to forget there […]

What’s Next for Hydrocarbons?

EPA SNAP Approval of HCs Draws Mixed Reaction In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through its Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program, approved several low-GWP (global warming potential) hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants for use in refrigeration and air conditioning applications, subject to use conditions. The approval — which had been expected for some time […]