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EPA issues new refrigerants rule

November 17, 2010

Effective Dec. 31, all new HFC-134a machines manufactured or imported for sale in the U.S. must meet tighter industry standards expected to improve their ability to capture and recycle refrigerants by 30 percent to 50 percent.

David Westcott, chairman of the NADA Regulatory Affairs Committee, said the new EPA rule doesn’t require service shops to replace their existing HFC-134a refrigerant machines.

But the NADA suggests that when purchasing new machines, dealerships ensure they meet standard SAE J2788, which is incorporated into the EPA’s rule.