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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
  • 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
reftrackinfo@arb.ca.gov or call (916)324-2517.

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