R-22 Rule comes from EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the signing of the 2012-2014 HCFC final allocation rule, which governs the production and importation of R-22 in the United States. In the rule, EPA continued to take significant steps in reducing the amount of virgin R-22 in the United States; however EPA did not cut as drastically as they could have in the years 2013 and 2014.
Year Pounds % reduction over the 2009 rule (inclusive of recoupment)
2012 55 million 38% reduction
2013 63 million 21% reduction
2014 50 million 18% reduction
Why did EPA not make a full reduction in 2013 and 2014? Part of the reason can be attributed to recoupment allowances which were awarded to Arkema and Solvay Fluorides. These companies had challenged the EPA's ordinal 2009 allocation rule and charged that they were denied their full allotment of allocation rights. The court agreed and EPA was forced to redo the allocation rule for 2012-2014. EPA then allowed Arkema and Solvay Flourides to recoup their perceived losses in 2013 and 2014 by adding approximately 6.5 million pounds each year to the prescribed amount.
Did EPA respond to the request to eliminate "dry-ship" condensing units? EPA stated that there was not enough data to make a determination either way. There will be no changes to this market.