EPA Continues to Investigate R-22a; Enforcements Begin
PHCC continues to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the agency’s ongoing investigation on R-22a and stern warnings to homeowners, propane manufacturers and sellers, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians regarding the dangers of refrigerant substitutes subtitutes such as R-22a. Information on the EPA’s website stresses that R-22a (an alternate refrigerant currently on the market) is NOT EPA approved-highlighting the severe dangers posed by R-22a.
Although EPA does not comment on ongoing investigations, EPA has issued an enforcement letter to a manufacturer of the alternate refrigerant which in essence, accuses the company of violating the Clean Air Act and more specifically, provisions of the “Significant New Alternatives Policy” (SNAP). PHCC’s mission to protect the health, safety and comfort of the nation compels our continued involvement in this issue and again warns members of the use of R-22a. Refrigerant substitutes have become prevalent as a result of the phase-out of R-22.
PHCC continues to work with EPA on this issue and requests that if any members have experienced or is aware of a specific incident involving R-22a and its dangers, contact the EPA attorney assigned to the issue:
Associate Regional Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 5)