Chapters 173-443 and Chapter 173-455 WAC

Ecology proposes to update two rules:

This rulemaking may:

  • Establish maximum global warming potential (GWP) thresholds for hydrofluorocarbons used in new stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
  • Establish a refrigerant management program with registration, leak detection, and reporting requirements for certain stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Amend product labeling and disclosure requirements.
  • Establish fees to support the refrigerant management program.
  • Update Chapter 173-443 WAC to reflect other changes in the law.

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
Aug. 16, 2021


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

August 16, 2021 – Summer 2023



Public input & involvement

Public comment period (informal)
February 3, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Comment online and read others' comments.

Ecology's meetings with stakeholders

Date (PDT) Documents Location
Thursday
Feb. 3, 2022
2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
Meeting summary
webinar 1
Thursday
March 31, 2022
1 p.m – 3:30 p.m.
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
Meeting summary

webinar 1
recording

Tuesday
May 10, 2022
9:30 a.m. – noon
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
Meeting summary
Grocery retailers Q&A

webinar 1
recording

Wednesday
July 6, 2022
9:30 a.m. – noon
Agenda
Presentation
Draft rule language
Meeting summary

webinar 1
recording

Wednesday
Sept. 14, 2022
9:30 a.m. – noon
Agenda
Draft rule language
Draft requirements for refrigerant management
webinar 1
recording
to be announced coming soon webinar 1


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