I work for a tiny Plumbing, Heating, and AC business in upstate New York. We have been busy with air conditioning calls with the unusually hot late spring. We have been using R-22 that was left over from last season and cost around $11-$12 per lb. We had to recently reorder from our supplier and were shocked at the price - over $18/lb (our cost). It may be going up again soon. We have a backlog of AC service calls and of course will have to pass along the increase to our customers. The forecast is for hot weather to continue over the next couple weeks at least. Our small business is hardly a microcosm of what's happening nationwide but a shortage of R-22 is inevitable. Recycling freon will have to be the way to go for many of the AC businesses out there. R-22 ( freon) is used in most air conditioning systems. It appears something is going on with Hudson this week with a huge increase in volume and the stock price starting to rise. Hudson being the largest recycling business with profits rising could be a prime takeover at some point.