California Refrigerants/ODS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Refrigerants/ODS: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Stratospheric ozone protection: 42 USC 7671 to 7671q (Clean Air Act, Title VI) and 40 CFR 82

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Motor vehicle refrigerants: California Health and Safety Code (CH & SC) 44470 to 44474 and 13 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2500

Consumer products: 17 CCR 94502(b) and 17 CCR 94509(e)

Stationary refrigeration systems: 17 CCR 95380 to 95398

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Local Air Districts

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The federal rules for the management of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbons, and other ozone-depleting substances are effective in California, although the state has not incorporated the rules into its own regulations. The state has implemented specific regulations addressing CFC refrigerants in motor vehicles and CFCs used in consumer products, and several local air districts have established their own ozone-depleting substance regulations. In addition, the state's regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) has resulted in additional refrigerant regulations. See the national section CFC MANAGEMENT and the state section GHG MANAGEMENT for more information.

Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the federal ozone-depleting substance management requirements in California. Cal/EPA administers and enforces the state requirements through the local air districts, and the local air districts administer and enforce the local requirements applicable within their ...


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