Minnesota Refrigerants/ODS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota 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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Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) management: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 116.70 to 116.735

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

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 relating to chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) management are effective in Minnesota. The state law prohibits the release of CFCs and requires that CFCs be recovered from certain operations and managed in a manner to prevent their release. See the national section CFC MANAGEMENT for more information.

Administration and enforcement. MPCA and EPA administer and enforce the CFC management requirements.

State Requirements


MSA 116.70 to 116.735


No one may knowingly vent or otherwise release any CFC used as a refrigerant into the environment. In addition, Minnesota also prohibits the purchase, sale, manufacturing, or distribution of CFC-processed packaging.

Recovery, Recycling, and Disposal

Similar to the federal rules, Minnesota requires that CFCs be recovered during the following operations and either recycled or properly disposed:

  • Automobile salvaging
  • Servicing, recycling, or processing scrap refrigerators, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers, heat pumps, under-the-counter ice makers, vending machines, drinking water coolers, chillers, commercial refrigeration equipment, industrial process refrigeration equipment, or freezers
  • Mobile air conditioning equipment

The removal or recapture ...

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