SBA Environmental Roundtable Meeting

The next U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy Environmental Roundtable will meet to discuss the following topics, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Small Business Administration Headquarters, 409 Third Street SW.  Send RSVP to david.rostker@sba.gov.  We have adopted a casual clothes option for all Roundtable meetings.

 

 Agenda

10:00 – 11:00 AM      Proposed Updates to the Refrigerant Management

                                    Requirements under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act

 

David Donaldson, Chief, Stratospheric Program Implementation Branch, EPA

Luke Hall-Jordan, Refrigerants Team Lead, EPA

Jeremy Arling, Environmental Protection Specialist, Stratospheric Protection Division, EPA

11:00 - noon               Looking ahead: EPA regulations in 2016 and the likely impacts on small business

Moderator: David Rostker, Office of Advocacy

 

Roundtable meetngs are open to all interested persons, with the exception of the press, in order to facilitate open and frank discussion about the impacts of Federal regulatory activities on small entities.   Agendas and presentations are available to all, including the press.  Anyone who wants to receive roundtable agendas or presentations, or to be included in the distribution list, should forward such requests to kevin.bromberg@sba.gov.  The purpose of these Roundtable meetings is to exchange opinions, facts and information and to obtain the attendees’ individual views and opinions regarding small business concerns.  The meetings are not intended to achieve or communicate any consensus positions of the attendees.

Small Business Environmental Roundtable

Issues for Discussion

December 4, 2015

Proposed Updates to the Refrigerant Management Requirements Under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act

The Clean Air Act prohibits the knowing release of ozone-depleting and substitute refrigerants during the course of maintaining, servicing, repairing, or disposing of appliances or industrial process refrigeration. The existing regulations require that persons servicing or disposing of air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment observe certain service practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerant. This proposed rule would update those existing requirements as well as extend them, as appropriate, to non-ozone-depleting substitute refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons. The proposed updates include strengthening leak repair requirements, establishing recordkeeping requirements for the disposal of appliances containing five to 50 pounds of refrigerant, changes to the technician certification program, and changes for improved readability, compliance, and restructuring of the requirements.

EPA will accept comments on the proposal until January 8, 2016, and plans to finalize this rule in 2016.

 

Looking ahead:

EPA regulations in 2016 and the likely impacts on small business

In the last full year of the Obama Administration, the Office of Advocacy again expects EPA action on a number of very high profile rules affecting small businesses, including in the first few months the methane standards for Oil & Gas Production, Federal Model Trading Rules for the Clean Power Plan, and the Risk Management Program. This discussion will preview important actions for the coming year and welcome audience perspectives on other rules and issues of importance to small businesses.