Alexandria, VA (June 22, 2023) - In what is a major victory for the HVACR contracting industry, The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced today that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of a lawsuit that had been brought by ACCA, Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI), Pluming-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC) and Worthington Industries, a manufacturer of refillable and disposable cylinders, by striking down provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) allocation rule that would ban the use of non-refillable cylinders and require QR code tracking of refrigerant cylinders. The Court's final opinion on the lawsuit can be read here."ACCA is thrilled that the Courts sided with us in the lawsuit on the disposable cylinder ban and QR code tracking," said
Forcing contractors and distributors to revert to the use and handling of non-refillable refrigerant cylinders would have imposed severe burdens on business operations, as well as physical and possible health hazards to all person who handle them, due to the much greater weight of those cylinders. Additionally, tracking the circuitous route cylinders take from contractor to recycling centers and back again would have required extra time and costs on business owners.
HARDI sources reported, the lawsuit argued that EPA lacked the legal authority to implement the refillable cylinder and QR-code rules. Judge Justin Walker noted, “We agree. The EPA has not identified a provision of the AIM Act giving it the authority to require refillable cylinders or a QR-code tracking system.”
The EPA is allowed to appeal the decision.
For more information about ACCA, ACCA's advocacy efforts, or the EPA lawsuit win, please contact Melissa Broadus, ACCA director of member communications and committee liaison, at [email protected] or (703) 824-8842.