The federal rules governing the use of refrigerants are in a transition period, leaving food retailers with a number of unanswered questions, according to an industry refrigerant expert. For example, it is well known that as of Jan. 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in keeping with its commitment to the Montreal Protocol, is permitting production and import of HCFC refrigerants (notably R-22) only for equipment manufactured prior to that date. This is intended to reduce use ...

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