May 24, 2019
On the radar…
NAFEM continues to monitor the following topics and will provide updates when additional information is available.
- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating whether or not to amend its test procedures for automatic commercial icemakers (ACIM). Comments were due in mid-April.
- DOE should also soon begin the process of evaluating test procedures for walk-in coolers/walk-in freezers and commercial refrigeration equipment.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to soon issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its Significant New Alternatives Program (SNAP).
- EPA also is expected to issue a Notice of Public Rulemaking in Q2 2019 to continue its efforts to understand how to best consider costs and benefits in the regulatory process.
- EPA is still considering rescinding a 2016 Section 608 Refrigeration Management Regulation that prohibits knowingly venting hydrofluorocarbons during maintenance, servicing and repair processes.
- The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has yet to issue its final Air Protection Blueprint Air Protection Blueprint identifying impacted communities and strategies to reduce emissions of air pollutants.
- California’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) continues to consider a proposed indoor heat-related illness
- Also in California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has placed standards to measure and reduce NOx emissions from charbroilers and other appliances with burners on temporary hold. The move allows the district to focus efforts on its RECLAIM (REgional CLean Air Incentives Market) Program.