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Department of Ecology
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Refrigerants Management Program

HFC/Refrigerants end-of-life management program recommendations

Welcome to the EZView page for Ecology's development of a refrigerant management program. We will use this site to share information and draft documents as we implement Section 14 of Engrossed Second Substitue House Bill 1050 (2021). This section of the legislation requires Ecology to provide recommendations to the Legislature about how to design a program to address proper end-of-life management of HFC and other refrigerants. These chemicals are found in many commerical, industrial, and consumer products including air conditioning systems, refrigeration equipment, some fire suppression systems, auto AC recharge products, and tire inflators. Ecology is including all potential sources of HFCs and other ozone-depleting substances in the scope of these recommendations, regardless of their source.

We are specifically asked to address:

  1. The legal and financial obligations to support or participate in the program applicable to refrigerant manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers, and to refrigerant-using equipment owner-operators and service technicians;
  2. A funding mechanism for refrigerant recovery and disposal activities carried out by the program that will also provide a financial incentive for the recovery and emission-reducing management of refrigerants that are no longer of utility to a consumer; and
  3. Performance goals and operational standards for activities carried out by the program to collect, transport, and recycle, reuse, or dispose of refrigerants.

Ecology is required to provide these recommendations in a report to the Legislature no later than December 1, 2021. This work and associated report are separate from the work and report in Section 9 of the legislation.

Refrigerant management EZView site

We will use this site to post and share information about our work related to Section 14 of E2SHB 1050. There is other work required under the bill, but this EZView page is only related to the work under Section 14. 

Your input

  • Public comment for this initial portion of the project is now closed. There will likely be additional comment periods in the future, but nothing is currently scheduled yet.
  • Although the public comment period is now closed, Ecology is still interested in hearing your ideas, input, feedback, and suggestions about how to design a program to address end-of-life supervision, handling, and disposal of refrigerants—especially those that contribute to climate change or damage the ozone layer. The program needs to address both industrial and commercial refrigeration as well as consumer appliances, equipment, and products (such as auto AC recharge products and tire inflators). Ecology is especially interested in hearing about:

    • How to encourage proper recycling and disposal of household equipment that contains refrigerants.
    • Ideas for incentives to encourage homeowners and businesses to safely dispose of unwanted refrigerants and refrigerated equipment.
    • Ideas for incentives to encourage businesses to reuse or recycle refrigerants in their equipment.
    • Challenges that businesses and equipment manufacturers may face in transitioning to safer refrigerants in existing equipment.
    • Examples from other states or jurisdictions with incentives encouraging reuse or recycling of refrigerants, as well as users’ experience with those programs.
    • Costs associated with proper recycling and disposal of refrigeration equipment and other items containing refrigerants or other hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
    • Who should be responsible for costs associated with recycling or reclamation of refrigerants.
      • For example, what are some possible funding sources for incentive programs?
      • Should refrigerant manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, or others should be required to participate in an extended producer responsibility or product stewardship program (similar to Washington’s E-Cycle program)?
    You can also email questions to Kimberly Goetz (kimberly.goetz@ecy.wa.gov).

Want to know more about this project?

If you're interested in the comments we received, they are available in the documents below. Each comment letter is available in its entirety. The comments we received at each public webinar are also available - one copy of each contains all the information (including the script for Ecology's presentation) and one contains just the slides. 

For more information, please contact project team lead Kimberly Goetz at (360) 819-7080 or kimberly.goetz@ecy.wa.gov

If you have not already done so, we recommend you subscribe to Ecology's HFCs listserv to receive updates and invitations for public comment. Just go to HFC Listserv Signup.

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Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
1050-S2.PL.pdf 202.2 KB Copy of final legislation as adopted
Copy of final legislation as adopted
Reference Documents 06/09/21 09:45 AM
HFC End-of-life Management Program Webinar.20210630.ppsx 3.5 MB 6-30 Webinar Slides with attendee comments
6-30 Webinar Slides with attendee comments
Stakeholder Feedback 07/01/21 07:30 AM
HFC End-of-life Management Program Webinar.20210630.pptx 3.5 MB 6-30 Webinar Slides w/attendee comments and script
6-30 Webinar Slides w/attendee comments and script
Stakeholder Feedback 07/01/21 07:39 AM
HFC End-of-life Management Program Webinar.20210708.comments.pptx 3.5 MB 7-8 Webinar Slides w/attendee comments and script
7-8 Webinar Slides w/attendee comments and script
Stakeholder Feedback 07/08/21 10:51 AM
HFC End-of-life Management Program Webinar.20210708.comments.ppsx 3.5 MB 7-8 Webinar Slides with attendee comments
7-8 Webinar Slides with attendee comments
Stakeholder Feedback 07/08/21 10:52 AM
Suggested Topics for Feedback.docx 22.3 KB Suggested Topics for Stakeholder Feedback
Suggested Topics for Stakeholder Feedback
Stakeholder Feedback 07/09/21 12:24 PM
HFC Gantt Chart.xlsx 50.6 KB Planning schedule/Gantt Chart format as of 7-12-21
Planning schedule/Gantt Chart format as of 7-12-21
Project Schedule 07/12/21 04:50 PM
AHRI Comments - Washington State Reclamed Refrigerant 20210721.pdf 171.9 KB Comments from AHRI
Comments from AHRI
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:27 PM
IGSD Comments on Refrigerant Management.pdf 14.6 MB Comments from IGSD
Comments from IGSD
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:32 PM
NRDC comments on HB 1050_EOL management 07.21.2021.pdf 286.9 KB Comments from NRDC
Comments from NRDC
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:33 PM
MCAWW WSA DOE Comments on HFCs.pdf 158.7 KB Comments from MCAWW and WSA
Comments from MCAWW and WSA
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:34 PM
PSI Comments WA Refrigerant End-of-Life Mgmt FNL.pdf 257.1 KB Comments from PSI
Comments from PSI
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:36 PM
EIA comments_End of Life Program_Washington Department of Ecology.pdf 317 KB Comments from EIA
Comments from EIA
Public Comments 07/26/21 02:39 PM

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