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New Ruling Could Put Toxins Back in the Air

As Americans, we don’t expect to be poisoned by the air we breathe. However, a proposed regulatory change could do exactly that, and allow for the lawful release of potentially toxic chemicals into the air. This ruling should have all Americans concerned!

The EPA has submitted a proposed regulatory change, titled “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes”. This regulatory change, if allowed to pass, could negatively affect the laws for working with refrigerants, which are chemicals predominately used by Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR”, and home appliance (refrigerator, freezer, etc.) technicians.

Why is this a concern?
Technicians are required to be certified to purchase and work with refrigerants used in home appliance, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. These refrigerants, which are chemical substances, can be poisonous to humans, and harmful to the environment. Thankfully, technicians are required to capture the refrigerants to ensure they are not released into the air. However, if this new regulation passes, this can all change.

Phosgene gas, a chemical nerve agent used during World War I, was responsible for over eighty percent of all chemical deaths. This poisonous gas can be produced as a byproduct when servicing older HVACR systems. Additionally, many newer HVACR systems and appliances may contain refrigerants that, if released into the air, act as a poison, damage the central nervous system, and can potentially cause suffocation. These chemicals have been proven to be harmful to the ozone layer, and in many cases can produce greenhouse gases that warm the earth. Adding to this list of problems, some newer refrigerants are flammable.

After decades of improving the quality of the air we breathe, these newly proposed regulations will turn back the clock. For countless Americans, this could mean the difference between life and death.

While America wants to maintain its competitive edge over emerging countries like China, we don’t want to become them. The Chinese Ministry of Health states that industrial pollution is their leading cause of death, and only 1% of city dwellers breathe what is deemed safe, toxin-free air. However, we can rest safely knowing that the air we and our children breathe is safe, by continuing to require HVACR and appliance technicians to be trained, certified, and to recover refrigerants.

What can be done about this?
The solution is simple, tell the EPA you do not want them to pass “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes”. However, the deadline for submitting comments is November 15, 2018.

Submit your comments at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0629-0001.

In addition, sign the petition Save the Clean Air Act and the air that you breathe!
https://www.change.org/p/save-the-clean-air-act-and-the-air-that-you-breathe?signed=true

While there are a great many things that divide Americans, clean, toxin-free air, should not be one of them.


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HVAC Excellence Accreditation Announcement
Bruce
Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE (HVAC Excellence), Nathan Wheeling (HVAC Instructor),
Robbie Dooley (Supervisor of Career and Technical Education), Jay Mullis, M.Ed.
(HVAC Excellence) HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce
that Franklin County High School, in Roc...
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HVACR Program Standards Update

Mount Prospect, IL – HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce the publication of the 2019 HVACR Programmatic Accreditation Standards Manual.

The new manual is a result of the accreditation review board annual review of standards and publications. The review board meets annually to evaluate the existing standards against changes and trends in education, and industry requirements. One of the results of the meeting are a newly revised accreditation manual.

Through the review process, the board also worked to improve the readability and ensure the spirit of the standards are clearly defined.

To review HVACR program standards, find a list of accredited programs, and to learn more about programmatic accreditation, visit escogroup.org and click on the accreditation link.


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Twenty Years of Excellence
https://www.escogroup.org/Documents/Hvac/AccreditationManual/index.html Programmatic accreditation is now entering its twentieth year for the HVACR industry. There are now HVAC Excellence accredited
programs in thirty states. As the movement towards third...
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HVAC Excellence Accreditation Announcement
Nick
Lombardi (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Program Supervisor),
Bruce Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE (HVAC Excellence), Dr. ​Kevin Kirkley (Campus
President), Ivette Ortiz (Director of Financial Aid​), Dr. James Crisp (HVAC
Excellence), Carl Maulbeck ...
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HVAC Excellence Accreditation Announcement
Lou Vendrell, M.A.,
CMHE (HVAC Excellence), Brandon Martin, Ph.D.(Trade and Industrial Education
Coordinator), David Swanger (Director), Daniel Ramos (HVACR Instructor), Bruce
Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE (HVAC Excellence) HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that...
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