Texas Refrigerants/ODS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas 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) disposal restrictions: 30 Texas Administrative Code 330.15(e)(5) and 30 TAC 330.147(c)

Regulatory Agency

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

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 Texas, although the state has not incorporated the rules into its own regulations. There are no state regulations pertaining to the management of ozone-depleting substances. However, the Texas regulations governing municipal solid waste specifically state that refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and any other items containing the CFCs must be handled in accordance with federal requirements under 40 CFR 82.156. See the national section CFC MANAGEMENT for more information.

Administration and enforcement. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and EPA administer and enforce the CFC management rules.

Checklist

REFRIGERANT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Sources that contain regulated refrigerants in quantities above the threshold for regulation should implement a refrigerant management program. The following is a brief checklist to assist with the development and implementation of such a management plan:

Has the company/institution adopted a refrigerant management program?
Does the company/institution have refrigerant capture/recycling ...

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