Washington Refrigerants/ODS regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington 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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Regulated chlorofluorocarbons (CFC): Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 70.94.970

Chlorofluorocarbons unlawful acts: RCW 70.94.980

Recycling of spent CFCs: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-303-506

Regulatory Agencies

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 10

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 Washington. Consult the national section CFC MANAGEMENT for more information. In addition, WDOE has special requirements for the recycling of spent CFCs and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) refrigerants.

Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the federal CFC provisions in Washington. WDOE administers and enforces the CFC recycling requirements.

State Requirements


Washington defines spent CFC and HCFC refrigerants as dangerous wastes and requires anyone who generates, transports, or stores spent CFC and HCFC refrigerants to comply with all the applicable dangerous waste requirements. Spent CFCs and HCFCs covered under the special recycling requirements are those refrigerants used as heat transfer material in totally enclosed heat transfer equipment.


WAC 173-303-506

Generators who reclaim or recycle their spent CFC or HCFC refrigerants, either on-site or off-site, must ...

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