US EPA has finalized its Section 608 rule requirements in September 2016. Four new fact sheets summarizing EPA’s compliance dates are available for the following categories: Technicians; Supermarkets and Property/Facility Managers; Refrigerant Distributors and Wholesalers; and Reclaimer. https://www.epa.gov/section608/revised-608-rule-fact-sheets
The U.S.EPA has recently revised their list of refrigerants acceptable for use in new and retrofit refrigeration systems. Most pertinently, R-404A and R-507A are no longer acceptable for use in new and retrofit systems in retail food refrigeration. The EPA Rule includes restrictions of other refrigerants and uses also, including cold storage. For additional information and specific dates when the restrictions go into effect, please see their Fact Sheet.
R3 Reporting Tool
The online Refrigerant Registration and Reporting tool (R3) is available at https://ssl.arb.ca.gov/rmp-r3
ARB staff held an online webinar on Monday December 12, 2016 to review the requirements of the regulation and the procedures for registering, filing the Annual Report, and paying the Annual Implementation Fee using the online R3 application. A recording of the webinar is available at this link. The slides for the webinar are available at: December 2016 Webinar Presentation, and as notes pages at: December 2016 Webinar notes pages.
Refrigerant Management Program (RMP)
The RMP requires facilities with refrigeration systems with more than 50 pounds of high-GWP refrigerant to:
- conduct and report periodic leak inspections;
- promptly repair leaks; and
- keep service records on site.
These facilities must register using
tool; facilities with 200 lbs. or more must also submit
annual reports by March 1 of each year.
The regulation also affects:
- any person who installs, services or disposes of any appliance using a high-GWP refrigerant; and
- refrigerant wholesalers, distributors and reclaimers.
These facilities are also subject to registration and reporting requirements. Facilities whose systems use only ammonia or carbon dioxide as refrigerants are not subject to the rule.
Click the icon below to visit the R3 tool:
For questions or to provide feedback on the rule please email RMP staff, or call us at (916) 324-2517
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