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Complying With The Section 608 Refrigerant Recycling Rule
The Prohibition on Venting
Effective July 1, 1992, Section 608 of the Act prohibits individuals from
ozone-depleting substances used as refrigerants (generally
HCFCs) into the
atmosphere while maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of
air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment (appliances).
Only four types of releases are permitted under the prohibition:
- "De minimis" quantities of refrigerant released in the course of making good
faith attempts to recapture and recycle or safely dispose of refrigerant.
- Refrigerants emitted in the course of normal operation of air-conditioning and
refrigeration equipment (as opposed to during the maintenance, servicing,
repair, or disposal of this equipment) such as from mechanical purging and
leaks. However, EPA requires the repair of leaks above a certain size in large
equipment (see Refrigerant Leaks).
- Releases of CFCs or HCFCs that are not used as refrigerants. For
instance, mixtures of nitrogen and R-22 that are used as holding charges or as
leak test gases may be released.
- Small releases of refrigerant that result from purging hoses or from connecting
or disconnecting hoses to charge or service appliances will not be considered
violations of the prohibition on venting. However, recovery and recycling
equipment manufactured after November 15, 1993, must be equipped with low-loss