Chapter 173-443 WAC

On November 21, 2019, Ecology adopted a second emergency rule and is working on the permanent rule:  Chapter 173-443 WAC, Hydrofluorocarbons. The purpose of this rulemaking is to establish requirements to move away from hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are powerful greenhouse gases that are made up of hydrogen, fluorine, and carbon. This is similar to rules that EPA and other states have adopted or are adopting.

The emergency rule requires manufacturers, importers, and distributors to notify Ecology about their products and equipment that contain hydrofluorocarbons:

The permanent rule requires manufacturers, importers, and distributors to:

  • Notify Ecology about their products and equipment that contain hydrofluorocarbons — due when new restrictions apply (2021-2024).
  • Label the product or equipment that contains hydrofluorocarbons.

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
July 30, 2019


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

July 30, 2019 — Summer 2020



Public input & involvement

EPA's SNAP list of HFC substitutes

Ecology's meetings with stakeholders
 

Date Agenda Location
Wednesday
Sept. 11, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Information about how to:
• Fill out the notification form. 1
• Get a SAW account.
• Submit your notification form. 1

1 Reporting HFCs - instructions
webinar *         
Wednesday
Nov. 13, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(+30 min. if needed)

Propellants
Agenda
Handout
Presentation
Meeting summary

Marriott Residence Inn
SeaTac (map to location)

webinar *

Wednesday
Nov. 13, 2019
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
(+30 min. if needed)
Foams
Agenda
Handout
Presentation
Meeting summary

Marriott Residence Inn
SeaTac (map to location)

webinar *

Thursday
Nov. 14, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
(+30 min. if needed)
Refrigerants
Agenda
Handout
Presentation
Meeting summary
Marriott Residence Inn
SeaTac (map to location)

webinar *
Tuesday
Dec. 17, 2019
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Agenda
2019 draft labeling options
Presentation
Meeting summary
Ecology, Lacey (map to location)

webinar *

Tuesday
Jan. 28, 2020
9:30 a.m. – noon

Agenda

Ecology, Lacey (map to location)

webinar *

* Webinar information:
   Register for the webinar to get your access code and password.
   To hear the webinar better, use your phone (instead of the computer) to call 1-855-929-3239.

Emergency rule adoption (CR-103E)

Second emergency rule

Adoption and effective date:
Nov. 21, 2019

Rule expiration date:
March 20, 2020

Rule adoption documents:


First emergency rule

Adoption and effective date:
July 30, 2019

Rule expiration date:
Nov. 21, 2019

Rule adoption documents:

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Accessibility

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