Monday, January 26, 2009

Motor Vehicle Air Conditioner Leakage Reporting Requirement

Beginning in 2009, auto makers are required to calculate and report refrigerant leakage rates for their vehicles sold in Minnesota. In 2008, Minnesota State Legislation was passed that requires reporting of leakage rates from motor vehicle air conditioners using HFC-134a as a refrigerant. The law applies to new vehicles that are to be sold in Minnesota on or after January 1, 2009. Auto manufacturers must report the leakage rate of refrigerant to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) at least 90 days before the first date the vehicle is offered for sale. Currently, this requirement is for reporting only; no acceptable leakage rate criteria were established.

The reporting requirement applies to light duty vehicles and medium duty passenger vehicles and includes model year 2009 and later.

Caltha LLP assists manufacturers in meeting their product stewardship reporting requirements. For more information, go to Product Stewardship Services.

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