Bacharach issues free EPA Section 608 compliance guide

By Michael Garry, Nov 28, 2018, 23:03 1 minute reading

The guide aims to prepare U.S. food retailers for changes in refrigerant management coming in January.

HVAC&R instrumentation manufacturer Bacharach, New Kensington, Pa., has issued a free guide to revisions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s  Section 608 Refrigerant Recycling and Emissions Reduction Program.

The revisions are set to take effect in January.

The guide, called “EPA Section 608 2019 Refrigerant Compliance: checklist & guidelines,”is designed for equipment owners within the food retail sector. Section 608 applies to the maintenance and leak repair of stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

“With revisions of the EPA coming into effect in January 2019, it’s important to understand what’s required,” said Bacharach in the document.

Section 608 requirements were revised in 2016, including extending their application from ozone-depleting refrigerants to HFCs. However, the EPA is currently engaged in rule-making to rescind the leak repair and maintenance requirements for HFC equipment. It is not known whether a new rule will be finalized before January.

The Bacharach guide is divided up into the following sections:

  1. Robust record keeping
  2. Leak rate calculations
  3. Equipment leak thresholds
  4. Leak repair time frames
  5. Leak inspection requirements
  6. Retrofit and retirement timescales
  7. Chronically leaking appliance reporting

The free guide can be downloaded here.

By Michael Garry

Nov 28, 2018, 23:03




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