Understanding The CARB Refrigerant Gas Management Regulations

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					Understanding The CARB Refrigerant Gas Management Regulations (2010 early actions)
Environmental compliance regulations are often misunderstood by owners and operators of facilities who must comply. In regard to refrigerant
management, the California Air Resource Board (CARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have drafted the 2009 CARB refrigerant
program and the proposed EPA regulation orders for managing High Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants.The proposed California Air
Resource Board (CARB) draft legislation is identified as Subchapter 10, Article X, Sections 9 through 17 with sub-sections included of the California
Code of Regulations which was created on September 4, 2008. As of this writing, the CARB early action members are working through a schedule of
meetings to collect any feedback and refine the Stationary Equipment Refrigerant Management Program before it becomes law later in 2009.
Understanding refrigerant gas management regulations, including the 2009 CARB program and the expected EPA regulations, one can break down
the overall topics into three main areas:* Purpose, * Applicability, and * DefinitionsPurpose of Stationary Equipment Refrigerant Management Program
The purpose of the regulation relates to the management of high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant. The new laws, taking effect in January of
2010, will reduce or eliminate emissions of refrigerant gases from AC/HVAC systems and related industrial refrigeration units. Secondary to reduction
of emissions from refrigerants is the requirement for owners and operators of such equipment to institute new methods of reclaiming, recycling or
recovering refrigerant as well as to encourage proper repair or replacement of obsolete refrigeration and air conditioning equipment with
state-of-the-art (SOTA) equipment.CARB and many of the leading manufacturers are in discussions to ensure that manufacturer specifications meet
the emerging CARB and EPA standards. Unfortunately, there are challenges with cylinder management. It is often difficult to maintain accurate labels
or tracking information for refrigerant containers passed throughout the industry. More work among manufacturers will lead to the creation of unique
serial numbers to accurately track cylinders. For pervasive industry wide tracking of refrigerant gases, the establishment of a set of protocols for
cylinder identification will continue to be important.Applicability of AC/HVAC System Monitoring, Tracking, and RegistrationThese regulations provide a
better understanding of who must comply. Essentially, the new CARB refrigerant management program applies to;A) Any persons who own or operate
stationary refrigeration or air conditioning systems containing refrigerant gas, andB) Any persons who are engaged in installation, repair, maintenance,
service, replacement recycling or disposal of stationary refrigeration or air conditioning systems as well as sellers of refrigerant.Definitions and Key
Refrigerant Gas Management TermsIncluded in the CARB regulations is a useful guide that explains in detail many of the regulatory terms applicable
and in hoping to facilitate enhanced compliance. Included as a summary are the key concepts related to refrigerant gases, refrigerant leaks, how to
track refrigerant usage events, and more. The goal is to educate and provide information for facility managers to better manage refrigerants and their
related reporting. Additional definitions and applicable citations include "Additional Refrigerant Charge", "Air Conditioning System", which defines
AC/HVAC equipment as it applies to the regulation, "Air District" which means an Air Quality Management District or Air Pollution Control District for
the purpose of refrigerant reporting and submittals, "Air Pollution Control Officer", and a citation for "Automatic Leak Detection" as well as for
specification for qualifications on certifications for reclaimers and other certified technicians.Why Refrigerant System Management is Such a Big Deal
Understanding the CARB Stationary Equipment Refrigerant Management Program regulation is simplified and outlined in their 27-page draft. Through
the first part of 2009, the CARB early actions group will make revisions to the Stationary Refrigeration Equipment Program. It is known, due to
mandatory deadlines for completion of this regulation that it will pass in 2009 and be effective in 2010.As with all environmental compliance,
determining whether an owner or operator must comply is the first step. Using the 2009 CARB draft as a guide, refrigerant management from an
enforcement and user standpoint addresses the problem of refrigerant gases that increase global warming effects in a judicious and effective initiative.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) early actions and improvements to refrigerant tracking enhances knowledge and improves the
requirements necessary to track, maintain, and report high global warming potential refrigerants before they reach the atmosphere. Such
environmental regulations inspire greater environmental safety and responsibility by the user and the obvious benefit to general health and the
environment.




About the Author
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