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Refrigerant Management Program Support
Mabbett has extensive experience developing refrigerant management programs, including assisting a facility compile a refrigerant equipment inventory, develop and document a refrigerant management program, and creating equipment leak rate tracking tools to assist facilities in meeting the requirements of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). Mabbett has developed a Refrigerant Management Program for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Bedford, MA VA Medical Center (VAMC) and the Roseburg, OR VAMC.
- Refrigerant management program development.
- Development of a refrigerant equipment service sheet and tracking tool that calculates leak rates and can be used to support state and Federal greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting.
- In-person training on how to use the service sheet and tracking tool.
- Complete inventory of all refrigerant-containing equipment at the facility.
Please contact Kelly Winson (email@example.com) for more information.
Amendments to Refrigerant Containing Equipment Regulations Clean Air Act, Section 608 - In November 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. Section 608 applies to refrigerant-containing equipment. The recent amendments were intended to clarify existing requirements and to extend those requirements to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) which had previously not been subject to the rules. As of January 1, 2017, refrigerant reclaimers must meet more stringent requirements during the reclamation process and must send annual reports to EPA on the amounts of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and substitute refrigerants reclaimed. Beginning on January 1, 2018, refrigerant technician certification requirements will be extended to include technicians engaged in service, maintenance, repair or disposal of appliances containing ODS and substitute refrigerants. (The types of certifications available are not changing and currently certified technicians do not need to be re-certified.) Additionally, technicians who dispose of appliances that contain between 5 and 50 pounds of refrigerants must keep detailed records related to refrigerant recovery and appliance disposal. Beginning on January 1, 2019, allowable leak rates from industrial process refrigeration (IPR) equipment, commercial refrigeration equipment and comfort cooling equipment containing 50 pounds or more of refrigerant will be reduced. Currently, annual leak rates for IPR and commercial refrigeration equipment cannot exceed 35% and annual leak rates for comfort cooling equipment cannot exceed 15%. These maximum annual leak rates will be reduced to 30% for IPR equipment, 20% for commercial refrigeration equipment, and 10% for comfort cooling equipment. Equipment exceeding these leak rates must be repaired within 30 days and then must be verification tested. Periodic leak inspections will be required thereafter until the equipment is shown to be below the leak rate threshold for one year. Owners and operators of equipment that leaks 125% or more of its full charge in one calendar year will be required to report to EPA.