June 27, 2005

Manitoba proposes revisions to its ODS regulation

WINNIPEG, MAN-The Manitoba government has proposed revisions to its Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) regulations, aimed at phasing out the use of ODS in aging commercial refrigeration, air conditioning and fire suppressant equipment. "These proposed regulatory measures will help to accelerate the phase-out of CFCs and halons, and will ensure the safe collection and disposal of surplus stocks of these substances," said Conservation Minister Stan Struthers. The regulatory changes will:

- require sellers of ODS and other halocarbons to take back and properly manage these substances;

- prohibit owners or operators from refilling equipment with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), including mobile (automobile) air conditioners, mobile refrigeration unites, commercial refrigeration and air conditioning units, and fixed fire extinguishing systems containing halons;

- establish the same handling requirements for the recovery and recycling of ODS replacement products, i.e. the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in newer air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; and

- require the use of refillable containers to handle all ODS and their replacement products.

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