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hfcdiy -- Notice of California Regulation concerning Small Containers of Automotive Refrigerant

Posted: 22 Jun 2011 11:12:27
In January 2009, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted
a regulation to reduce refrigerant emissions from the
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) servicing of air conditioners installed in
cars and pickup trucks. The servicing is performed using R-134a
refrigerant sold in small containers (between 2 ounces and 2
pounds).  R-134a is a highly potent greenhouse gas with a global
warming potential 1300 times higher than carbon dioxide.  This
regulation became law in California on October 1, 2009, and
became effective on January 1, 2010. Only automotive refrigerant
products certified by ARB may be sold in California.

The regulation requires manufacturers to include self-sealing
valves on all small containers of automotive refrigerant in order
to capture the remaining refrigerant after recharge.  At the time
of purchase, the DIY consumer pays a $10 refundable deposit to
the retailer for each container.  In order to get the refund,
consumers are required to return the used, undamaged container(s)
within 90 days with a receipt.  Retailers and distributors
collect the used containers for return to a recycling facility
with the assistance of the product manufacturer.  Fact sheets and
a regulatory advisory summarizing the requirements or duties of
manufacturers, retailers, distributors and consumers along with
additional information are available at the following link: 

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