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December 22, 2016

American HFC Coalition Appeals ITC Ruling on Chinese HFC Components

In November, the American HFC Coalition appealed part of the decision by The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) components are not causing or threatening to cause material injury to the U.S. industry producing HFC components. The U.S. Department of Commerce found...

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December 16, 2016

Dept. of Commerce Amends 134a Decision; Imposes Flat Anti-Dumping Duty of 232.3%

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has amended its preliminary determination in the HFC-134a antidumping case against The People's Republic of China for dumping R-134a at less than fair market value. While the DOC originally announced...

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November 30, 2016

The R-1234yf Transition is coming to Dealerships and Service Bays -- By the Millions

In the automobile world, R-134a is on its way out and the new refrigerant in dealerships is R-1234yf. According to Honeywell, which manufactures Solstic(TM) 1234yf, this HFO refrigerant has a GWP potential of...

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November 21, 2016

Agency Issues Warning on Refrigerant Servicing Risks

U.S. companies might take a lesson from friends down under. Worksafe NSW, a government agency tasked with workplace safety in New South Wales, Australia, recently issued a safety alert noting potential risks of servicing refrigerant systems. The alert comes after several workers...

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October 13, 2016

EPA Final Rule Section 608 and SNAP Released

On September 26, 2016, EPA issued two pre-publication final rules. A quick summary of changes include; more stringent requirements for repairing leaks in larger appliances, new recordkeeping for the disposal of appliances with more than...

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October 12, 2016

Send Your Refrigerant Samples for Testing at Airgas Refrigerants' AHRI-Accredited Lab

The AHRI- accredited Airgas Refrigerants Testing Lab is offering kits that allow contractors and engineers to pull and send their own refrigerant samples for rapid testing. Call 800-473-3766 to order one or multiple kits. Your analysis report should be received...

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October 10, 2016

U.S. Commerce Preliminarily Finds Dumping of 134a from China

On September 30th, The U.S. Department of Commerce Released a fact sheet announcing its affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of 134a from China. Commerce assigned...

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October 7, 2016

Leaders from 100+ Countries Call for Ambitious Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs. Donors to Provide $80 Million of Support.

In late September, the United States hosted a gathering of countries in New York to support negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. The event highlighted several significant...

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August 30, 2016

AHRI Guideline Q Makes New Recommendations for Recycling Refrigerant Cylinders

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) updated AHRI Guideline Q, Content Recovery and Proper Recycling of Refrigerant Cylinders to include best practices for end-of-life recycling of flammable refrigerant containers...

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August 4, 2016

USITC Says Hydrofluorocarbon Blends from China Injure U.S. Industry

On July 22, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced its determinations in its final phase of an antidumping duty investigation concerning hydrofluorocarbon blends for 404A, 507A, 410A, 407A & 407C...

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August 2, 2016

Paint Color Assignments for Refrigerant Containers to Change to One Color - AHRI Guideline N Changed

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) announced that all refrigerant containers should have one uniform paint color, a light-green grey (RAL 7044), and that existing individually assigned container paint colors should be transitioned to that color by 2020. Container labels and markings...

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June 30, 2016

Hot, Dry Weather Should Make for Busy HVAC Season--Airgas Makes Contractor Resources Available

Accuweather is pointing to a hotter summer season in the East in 2016 and is predicting more days above 90 degrees with a hot, dry pattern in the Midwest and drought conditions in much of the West...

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June 28, 2016

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Determines Critical Circumstances in China HFC Dumping

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has determined that imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends and components from the People's Republic of China are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value. The Department of Commerce also determined...

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June 10, 2016

R-22 and Other Refrigerants-Will There be Enough?

With summer beginning, the supply of various refrigerants will be affected by several different conditions, which will likely result in spot shortages for the entire season. R-22 is now...

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May 23, 2016

Airgas Refrigerants Opens New AHRI Accredited Refrigerant Test Laboratory

In March, Airgas Refrigerants began operating a sophisticated AHRI-accredited refrigerants testing lab after nearly a year of design and construction. Meet the people who designed it and keep it running flawlessly...

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May 10, 2016

EPA Warns that Recharging Air Conditioners with Wrong Refrigerant Poses Injury and Fire Risks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a warning cautioning homeowners, manufacturers of propane-based refrigerants, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of the safety hazards related to the use of propane in motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems...

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May 4, 2016

Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy Applauds International Cooperation to Manage HFCs and Achieve an HFC Amendment under the Montreal Protocol

The Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy in April 2016 commended progress made by governments working to complete an international agreement to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) consumption as part of the Montreal Protocol treaty...

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April 26, 2016

The United States International Trade Commission Continues Investigation of R-134a Imports from China

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S.refrigerants industry is materially injured by reason of imports of 1,1,1,2-Tetrafluoroethane (R-134a) from China...

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April 8, 2016

Airgas Refrigerants Opens AHRI Accredited Refrigerant Test Laboratory

Airgas Refrigerants is now operating a refrigerants testing lab that has received AHRI accreditation in the Refrigerant Testing Laboratory certification program...

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March 18, 2016

The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against R-134a from China

The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition and its members filed an antidumping duty petition with the United States Department of Commerce and the United States International Trade Commission charging that unfairly traded imports of R-134a from China are causing material injury to the U.S. fluoro-chemicals industry...

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February 29, 2016

As R-22 Prices Increase, Manufacturers Discontinue Blends

The complete R-22 phase out of virgin product manufacturing is another year closer. With 12/31/19 as the zero production date, manufacturers have increased prices on R-22 and several manufacturers...

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February 12, 2016

U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Preliminary Antidumping Duties on HFC Blends Imported from China

In February, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a preliminary determination finding that imports from China of Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends used in air conditioning and refrigeration are being dumped in the U.S. market...

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February 5, 2016

Airgas Announces New Product Listing Including HFO Refrigerants for 2016

Airgas Refrigerants has announced its new full line up of refrigerant gases for 2016...

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January 5, 2016

Air Liquide to Acquire Airgas: Highly Complementary Combination to Deliver Greater Value, Service & Innovation

In November, Air Liquide (Euronext Paris: AI), world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, agreed to acquire Airgas, (NYSE: ARG), one of the leading suppliers of industrial gases and associated products and services in the U.S...

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December 7, 2015

Montreal Protocol Meeting Paves Way for HFC Reduction

At the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Dubai, Nov. 1-5, member parties agreed to pursue an amendment to reduce the global production and consumption of HFCs. The amendment ends a five-year stalemate on HFC reduction...

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November 11, 2015

DuPont Refrigerants Now Called The Chemours Company

In July, DuPont spun off its specialty chemical division into a new publicly-traded entity called The Chemours Company, whose refrigeration products Airgas will distribute nationwide. Look for the new brand, new packaging and new marketing materials...

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November 5, 2015

Four Questions with On-Site Reclamation and Chiller Refrigerant Services Leader John Bryant

Emergency services? Hundreds of thousands of pounds of refrigerants? Geothermal heat exchangers? Ask John Bryant, Airgas Refrigerants' new manager of On-Site Refrigerant and Chiller Refrigerant Services. John is a 10-year veteran...

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October 27, 2015

Coming to AHR 2016? See Us!

Visit Airgas at booth 2819 at the AHR Expo in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, Jan. 25-27. Learn what's new in alternate refrigerants, Airgas services and reclamation...

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October 26, 2015

EPA Certified Refrigerant Reclaimers, the Law and Revenue

Here's an interesting scenario: A medium sized contractor gets serious about reclamation and creates a revenue stream of $50,000 annually--and rising. It's more than just possible, it's happening.

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September 8, 2015

Airgas Refrigerants Separation Column Allows Mixed, Previously Unusable Refrigerant Gases to Be Purified

Airgas Refrigerants launched a refrigerant separation column designed and built to separate previously unusable gases which often had to be thermally destroyed...

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August 13, 2015

Chinese HFC Anti-Dumping Issue Moves Forward: Harm to U.S. Industry Alleged

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has unanimously voted a determination that there is a reasonable indication that the U.S. refrigerants industry is being materially injured by reason of imports of HFC blends and components from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair market value...

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August 5, 2015

Airgas Refrigerants Provides Contractors Brandable R-22 Information Sheet for Customers

Airgas Refrigerants has designed two versions of an information sheet for HVAC contractors to brand and provide to their customers. The two documents, one, a self-mailer and one, a sheet to go over with customers...

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July 17, 2015

New Group, The American Hydrofluorocarbon Coalition, Files Antidumping Duty Petition Against China

A newly-formed group, The American Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Coalition, filed an antidumping duty petition charging that Chinese imports of certain HPC blends used in air-conditioning and refrigeration have been unfairly imported...

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July 15, 2015

Airgas Refrigerants Products to Display Required GHS Labeling

The Global Harmonized System Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is a United Nations accord that is currently being implemented. In the United States, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard published in April, 2012 is the regulating guidance source. Changes to classification and labels...

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June 2, 2015

Recent EPA-Approved Low GWP Refrigerant Additions to SNAP List

EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program evaluates substitute chemicals and technologies that are safe for the ozone layer. Recently, EPA expanded the list...

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May 14, 2015

R-134a Supply Disruptions May Affect the Market

Following the International Trade Commission November ruling against the Anti-Dumping Suit filed on R-134a, the refrigerant has experienced a tumultuous year. Two out of the four U.S. refrigerant manufacturers of R-134a have supply problems at this time...

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April 7, 2015

R-22 Allocations Cause Price Hikes; Alternatives Unveiled

Facing a phase out of refrigerant R-22, major manufacturers DuPont, Honeywell and Arkema have all raised prices and set allocations for larger customers this Spring. Airgas Refrigerants is helping customers plan their allocation use...

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February 18, 2015

Airgas Refrigerants Has Successful 2015 AHR Expo

Chicago's McCormick Place saw a record 61,000 attendees at the 2015 AHR Expo January 26-28. Airgas Refrigerants was one of more than 2,100 exhibitors at the international event...

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February 17, 2015

Mexichem Fluor Appeals US. International Trade Commission Dumping Decision over R-134a

In the latest salvo in a long-running dispute, Mexichem Fluor has appealed the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruling that the importation of Chinese refrigerants does not harm the U.S. refrigerant gas industry...

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November 24, 2014

International Trade Commission Ruling on Chinese Dumping Leaves Industry Asking Questions

Airgas has been approached by several members of the U.S. refrigerants industry with questions over the reversal last week of tariffs on Chinese refrigerant imports. In the same week that the International Trade Commission (ITC) rescinded...

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November 6, 2014

EPA Announces Final Ruling on HCFC-22 Phase Out Allocations

The EPA announced October 16 its final ruling on HCFC allocations for the years 2015-2019, beginning an aggressive phase down schedule for production and importation of HCFC-22, commonly known as R-22...

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October 24, 2014

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Upholds Duties on Chinese Refrigerants

In October, the U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed that some refrigerant gases from China were sold beneath market rates and were produced with Chinese government subsidies..

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September 19, 2014

Prison time for Venting is a Step in the Right Direction

In August, a 35-year-old Columbus, Ohio, man pled guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Air Act. Martin C. Eldridge III was arrested by law enforcement officers...

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August 11, 2014

Airgas Buys and Sells Hard to Find Refrigerants

Airgas Refrigerants reminds customers that we are an EPA certified reclaimer and provider of a range of hard to find CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs. Airgas is especially seeking to buy recovered refrigerants such as R-11, R-12, R-22 and R-134a...

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August 1, 2014

FBI Launches Investigation into Unapproved Refrigerant Super-Freeze and Other Flammable Refrigerants

The FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Criminal Investigation Division, and the U.S. Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General are conducting an investigation into a flammable "refrigerant" sold as Super-Freeze 22a, Super-Freeze12a, Super-Freeze 134a, Enviro-Safe 22a, and Enviro-Safe R134a replacement.

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July 24, 2014

Airgas Named to 2014 Fortune 500 List of Largest U.S. Companies by Annual Revenue

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation's leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that it has been named to Fortune magazine's 2014 Fortune 500{R} list of the largest U.S. companies. The Fortune 500 list is an annual ranking...

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July 24, 2014

EPA Proposes New Regulations under Significant Alternatives Policy (SNAP)

On July 9, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released proposed regulation under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) to change to the SNAP status of a range of high global warming potential HFCs in mobile and stationary AC, as well as other applications...

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June 27, 2014

How is Your Refrigeration System? Suggestions from Airgas and Food Processing Magazine.

Fall and winter are the designated times for refrigeration maintenance. It's summer now, and if you have industrial refrigeration systems, they're under heavy load. This is an ideal time to take refrigerant, condenser vapor and oil samples to determine the condition of your systems...

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June 20, 2014

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination on Chinese R-134a Dumping

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released its preliminary determination that Chinese companies have been dumping R-134a in the U.S. market, selling it at less than fair market value. The DOC determined that the R-134a has been sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 133.47 percent to 237.33 percent...

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June 3, 2014

Airgas Helps Mechanical Contractors with Refrigerant Returns

Responding to a market need for services, Airgas has begun an outreach program to mechanical contractors, offering service and buybacks of used refrigerant gases...

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April 16, 2014

Refrigerants Group Threatens to Sue EPA over HCFC Allocations

A Washington, D.C.-based consultancy representing refrigerant resellers and reclaimers and manufacturers of alternative refrigerants announced April 2 that it will file a lawsuit with the EPA by the close of a 60-day notice...

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April 14, 2014

Airgas Receives Two CGA Fleet Safety Awards for Cylinder and Bulk Vehicle Fleets

Airgas, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded two Fleet Safety Excellence Awards by the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), the U.S. industrial, specialty and medical gas industry's standard-setting organization for the promotion of safety standards and safe practices. The first...

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April 14, 2014

International Trade Commission Investigates China for Possible R-134a Dumping

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has responded to a petition filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) by Mexichem Fluor asking the U.S. government to impose sanctions against China for possible illegal hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-134a coming into the U.S. The ITC voted...

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April 9, 2014

Ken Beringer Comments in ACHR News on the Future of Reclamation

Airgas Senior Vice President Ken Beringer was among nine industry members asked by the ACHR NEWS to comment on the future of R-22 reclamation...

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January 20, 2014

Join Airgas Refrigerants at the AHR Expo Jan. 21-23 at the Javits Center

Visit with Airgas executives and our experienced sales team at the Airgas Booth (2114) on level 3 at the AHR Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City January 21-23...

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January 20, 2014

Airgas Sr. VP of Sales and Purchasing Quoted in ACHR News

Jay Kestenbaum, senior vice president of sales and purchasing for Airgas Refrigerants, provided industry comment to the ACHR News reporter Peter Powell for an article on the EPA’s proposed final...

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December 13, 2013

EPA issues HCFC Allocation Proposed Rule for Phase Out of R-22

On December 5, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule with HCFC allocations for virgin production through 2019, when R-22 production will be phased out entirely. The proposed rule consists of several models,..

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December 13, 2013

Process and Return of Recovered Refrigerants Explained

The cooler months present an ideal time to service chillers and refrigeration systems. When you perform maintenance, remember that refrigerants at AHRI-700-2011 specifications will reduce system operational costs...

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November 20, 2013

ARI Enjoys a Successful Comfortech Meeting

Airgas Refrigerants enjoyed a successful Comfortech Meeting, the National HVACR, Hydronics and Plumbing Seminar and Product Showcase in Philadelphia. More than 1,400 attendees...

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October 17, 2013

The President’s Climate Action Plan, which includes curbing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the section of Reducing Other Greenhouse Gas Emissions, provides incentives to encourage automakers...

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September 2, 2013

See Airgas Refrigerants at Comfortech Sept. 18-20 in Philadelphia

Airgas Refrigerants will exhibit at Comfortech at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from September 18-20. Sponsored by Contracting Business and Contractor Magazine, Comfortech is...

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August 6, 2013

Airgas Announces Leadership Changes in South Region and Airgas Refrigerants

RADNOR, PA - August 2, 2013 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that Kevin M. McBride has been named President - Airgas South Region, and Emmanuel Dupree has been named President - Airgas Refrigerants, Inc. ...

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July 31, 2013

Airgas Reaffirms EPA Warning Against Propane and Unauthorized Refrigerants in Residential Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a press release warning manufacturers and sellers, homeowners, home improvement contractors and air conditioning technicians of safety hazards regarding the use of propane and other unapproved refrigerants in residential air conditioning systems. Airgas Refrigerants, as well as some refrigerant manufacturers, are reiterating this warning due to

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July 15, 2013

10 Summer Season Refrigeration Tips for Contractors

Airgas has prepared a list of 10 tips to help contractors play it safe and make the most of the hot summer months.

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July 15, 2013

Airgas Refrigerants Announces Cylinder Recertification Services

Airgas Refrigerants has opened a cylinder recertification facility at its location in Smyrna, GA. The company received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to recertify low pressure cylinders manufactured to a 4B series DOT specification such as 4B, 4BA and 4BW.

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June 12, 2013

Unusual Spring Weather Brings AC Season Surprises

The air conditioning and refrigeration season started off extremely slow through much of the United States with April and May having some of the coolest weather recorded in many areas. However, the last days of May and the first few days of June brought a major change...

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May 23, 2013

Airgas Refrigerants Opens Nearly 100,000 Square Feet of Distribution Space

Continuing a high standard of efficiency and operational excellence, Airgas Refrigerants recently opened two distribution centers comprising nearly 100,000 square feet. The locations are in Smyrna, near Atlanta (52,000 SF) and Garland, a Dallas suburb (42,000 SF). Both are designated...

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April 17, 2013

ARI Sr. V.P. Ken Beringer Quoted in ACHR News Article on Reclamation

Airgas Refrigerants Inc. senior vice president Ken Beringer was quoted in an April 8th ACHR News article on the state of refrigerant reclamation titled 'Reclamation Looking for Jumpstart,' The article notes...

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April 11, 2013

EPA Finalizes HCFC Allocation Rule Through 2014

Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe signed the final HCFC Allocation Rule for virgin R-22 covering 2012-2014, setting the total industry-wide allocation for 2013 at approximately 63 million lbs. and 51 million pounds for 2014. The EPA will continue to...

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March 5, 2013

Airgas Refrigerants Q and A Topics at AHR Expo - Will there be an R-22 Shortage this Year?

Airgas Refrigerants' Jay Kestenbaum takes on questions about R-22 shortages, refrigerant reclamation and why you should consider your refrigerant's source.

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February 13, 2013

EPA Issues No Action Assurance Letter Allowing Manufacture of R-22

In early January 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a No Action Assurance Letter to manufacturers and importers of R-22, allowing for the consumption, production and importation of R-22.

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January 25, 2013

Visit Airgas Refrigerants at booth 671 at AHR Expo Jan. 28-30, 2013

Airgas Refrigerants comes to Dallas Jan 28-30 for the International Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Expo (AHR Expo) and ASHRAE conference at the Dallas Convention Center. Come visit Airgas at Booth 671 to

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January 25, 2013

Airgas Wants Your Used Refrigerants

Isn’t it great to get top-dollar for your used gas? Airgas Refrigerants wants your used refrigerants, and we pay the highest buyback prices in the industry for all used refrigerants.

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October 12, 2012

Airgas Refrigerants will Exhibit at the AHR Expo in Dallas, TX January 28-30, 2013

Airgas Refrigerants will again exhibit at the AHR Expo. The upcoming 2013 show will be held at the Dallas Convertion Center in Dallas, TX, January 28-30, 2013. Visit the Airgas Refrigerants team at the our booth # 671.

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August 27, 2012

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration News Reports on Airgas Refrigatron Technology

While awareness of the need for refrigerant reclamation seems strong, the numbers prove that widespread adoption of reclamation has not yet taken root. The United States Environmental Protection Agency put HCFC-22 reclamation at 8.3 million pounds last year, about 10 percent of the 80 million pounds on virgin refrigerant then available.

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July 26, 2012

Airgas Refrigatron System Makes Refrigerant Reclamation Faster, Safer and more Cost-effective

RADNOR, PA - July 26, 2012 - Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today introduced its new Airgas Refrigatron™ system for large-scale reclamation of used refrigerant gases. Refrigatron technology assures that Airgas properly identifies the contents of returned refrigerant gas cylinders, enabling the company to pay HVAC contractors the highest price for used gases, while delivering efficiencies that make the reclamation process less labor intensive, safer and more cost-effective

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