New Jersey Refrigerants/ODS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey 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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Refrigerant recycling: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:26A-5.1

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Environmental Management Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Program Bureau of Recycling and Planning

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

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 chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and other ozone- depleting substances are in effect in New Jersey. In addition, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has adopted regulations for the recovery and recycling of CFCs, HCFCs, and other ozone-depleting substances from air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment. See the national section CFC MANAGEMENT for more information on the federal requirements.

Administration and enforcement. Both the DEP and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have the authority to enforce regulations governing ozone-depleting substances rules in New Jersey.

State Requirements


NJAC 7:26A-5.1

New Jersey prohibits any shearing, shredding, baling, or other actions that may cause the release of refrigerant fluids (Class I and II substances) before recovery. Recovery must be performed so that no venting of the refrigerant fluid occurs. Recovered fluids must be either processed for re-entry into commerce or stored and disposed of in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, ...

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