Owners and operators of facilities with non-residential refrigeration systems must register their systems with the California Air Resources Board by March 1.
The deadline applies to refrigeration systems using high global-warming-potential refrigerants that have a full charge of at least 200 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds. These are designated as “medium-sized” systems under a California state regulation to minimize leaks of environmentally harmful refrigerants.
ARB said companies must register their refrigeration systems with ARB if the single largest system at a facility has a full charge of 200 pounds or more of chlorofluorocarbons, hydro chlorofluorocarbons or hydrofluorocarbons.
The online registration and reporting tool – known as the “Refrigerant Registration and Reporting System,” or R3 for short – is at www.arb.ca.gov/rmp-r3. Additional information also can be found there. ARB said failure to register may result in site inspections, notices of violation and cumulative daily penalties.
Facilities with smaller refrigeration systems with a full charge of greater than 50 pounds and less than 200 pounds of high global warming potential refrigerant are not required to register until 2016.
California’s Refrigerant Management Program was adopted by the ARB in 2009 and went into effect in 2011. Refrigeration systems using refrigerants such as ammonia and carbon dioxide are not subject to the rule since those refrigerants are not classified as high global warming substances.
Businesses that commonly have refrigeration systems with high global-warming-potential refrigerants include supermarkets/grocery stores, food/beverage processors, cold storage warehouses and industrial process cooling.
Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.