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arbcombo -- Deadlines approaching for owners of large refrigeration systems and refrigerant distributors, wholesalers, and reclaimers in California Posted: 30 Dec 2011 10:18:28
Facility registrations, fee payments, and annual reports are due by March 1, 2012 for owners of facilities with large refrigeration systems; annual reports are also due by March 1, 2012 for refrigerant distributors, wholesalers, and reclaimers. A California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation to minimize leaks of “high global warming potential” refrigerants established the following requirements and deadlines for owners/operators of systems using 2,000 or more pounds of these refrigerants: • January 1, 2012: Automatic leak detection systems must be installed. • March 1, 2012: Facility registration, fee payment, and annual report due. The regulation, known as the Refrigerant Management Program, also requires distributors, wholesalers, and reclaimers of any amount of high global warming refrigerant to register and submit annual reports by March 1, 2012. Please visit website below for additional requirements. Common refrigerants subject to the rule include, but are not limited to: R-12, R-22, R-134a, R-404A, R-407C, R-410A, and R-507. These high-global warming refrigerants are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping the Earth’s heat in the atmosphere. Refrigeration systems that use ammonia or carbon dioxide are not subject to the rule. Air conditioners and other systems used exclusively for cooling building occupants do not need to be registered, but are still subject to required service practices. How do I register? Registration opens January 2012. Online registration will be available using the online Refrigerant Registration and Reporting (R3) Tool which will be available for use on January 27, 2012. On January 17, 2012 a webinar will be held to familiarize users on the use of the R3 tool. For more information on registration and reporting requirements: www.arb.ca.gov/StopRefrigerantLeaks, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (916)324-2517. You are receiving this single arbcombo email because you are a subscriber to or have made a public comment to one or more of the following lists: commref, reftrack.