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Quebec company nabbed for importing HCFC-22

Environment Canada seized more than $1 million of illegally imported HCFC-22 (R-22) refrigerant this spring. The release dated March 7,  said that Gestion Alexis Dionne had accepted responsibility for illegally importing more...

April 4, 2011   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Environment Canada seized more than $1 million of illegally imported HCFC-22 (R-22) refrigerant this spring. The release dated March 7,  said that Gestion Alexis Dionne had accepted responsibility for illegally importing more than 120,000 kg. of R-22 in 2008 and 2009.

An investigation found over 5,000 cylinders of HCFC-22 in a warehouse in Saint-Jerome, Quebec. The stock has a market value of more than $1 million.  Gestion Alexis Dionne has agreed to pay $4,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund and other penalties.

HCFCs are widely used in air conditioning units. However, they are a controlled substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act due to their potential for depleting the ozone layer and are being phased out in Canada according to the terms of the Montreal Protocol. For more details about the phase-out schedule, see the Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) website. Click here.

http://www.hrai.ca/hcfcphaseoutschedule.html


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