Site Targets Illegal R22 Sales
A new web site is aimed at curtailing unauthorized sale or purchase of R22, a regulated ozone-depleting refrigerant also known as HCFC-22.
The site - Catch-22 Compliance Line - allows users to report suspected sales or purchases of the refrigerant, providing information so that authorities can investigate further. Users can report such activity anonymously on the site if they choose, and a dedicated domestic toll-free number is available. Morris Township, N.J.-based Honeywell, a company that manufactured R22 before it was phased out and now has an EPA allowance to sell it, has announced its support of the site and provided financial support for it.
As a party to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, the United States must incrementally decrease HCFC consumption and production, culminating in a complete HCFC phase-out in 2030. The EPA ensures that HCFC consumption in the United States is 75 percent below the 1996 U.S. baseline - as required under the Montreal Protocol - by issuing allowances to producers and importers of HCFCs, including Honeywell.
Those without allowances who illegally sell or import R22 in the United States are subject to seizures of the product, large fines and even prison sentences. Those who buy illegally obtained R22 also can have it seized and receive fines.
"Honeywell is supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its efforts to curb the illegal sale and use of R22," said David Diggs, global business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "As one of the companies with authorized EPA allowances to sell this refrigerant, we want to make sure that the R22 market is a level playing field for all participants. This Web site allows people who witness or suspect illegal activity to do the right thing."
The web site can be found at https://www.klexserve.com/catch22/. Those looking to report known or suspected cases of illegal activity can also call (866) 506-6134.