California facilities that operate a refrigeration system with a charge of more than 50 lb of high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant ? CFC, HCFC or HFC — are required to conduct periodic leak inspections, promptly repair leaks and keep service records on site. The Refrigerant Management Program from the Air Resources Board (ARB) of the California Environmental Protection Agency has the R3 tool to allow these facilities to register and submit annual reports. It is now time to register and file the Annual Report for 2012 at large facilities.

Facility owners or their technicians can directly enter 2013 service records into the ARB's online reporting database. Large facilities with a single refrigeration system that uses 2,000 lb or more of refrigerant should already be registered and have submitted 2011 annual reports to ARB. These large facilities must submit their 2012 annual report and annual implementation fee to ARB by March 1, 2013. For more details on the requirements of the regulation, visit www.arb.ca.gov/stoprefrigerantleaks.

The Refrigerant Management Program, implemented by ARB, requires facilities that are deemed medium-sized to provide 2013 service records and other requirements by March 2014. Systems used exclusively for air conditioning (comfort cooling) are not required to be registered under this program, but may still be subject to local and federal regulations.