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ARCTIC AIR, INC. HOLDS SEMINAR TO TEACH BUSINESSES ABOUT NEW FEDERAL REFRIGERANT ANTI-VENTING LAW

 ARCTIC AIR, INC. HOLDS SEMINAR TO TEACH BUSINESSES
 ABOUT NEW FEDERAL REFRIGERANT ANTI-VENTING LAW
 DETROIT, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic Air, Inc., a large 32-year-old Detroit-based commercial heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration contractor, will hold a seminar to inform building owners and managers about the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new law which goes into effect on July 1, 1992, making it illegal to vent refrigerants into the air.
 DATE: April 7
 TIME: Breakfast and registration -- 7:45-8:30 a.m.;
 Seminar -- 8:30-10:30 a.m.
 Questions and answers will follow session.
 PLACE: Fairlane Manor, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, Mich.
 Admission is $30 per person.
 Background about this law: Refrigerants like those found in air- conditioning systems have proven to contribute to the thinning of the earth's protective ozone layer. To protect this natural resource, the government is implementing massive changes in the use and production of these substances known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). These CFCs are in virtually every home, office building, movie theater, hospital, supermarket, hotel and most automobiles because they are essential in the operation of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems.
 On July 1, the federal Clean Air Act makes it illegal for anyone to vent CFCs into the atmosphere and new EPA regulations will require recovery of those refrigerants for recycling or reclaiming. The EPA has proposed fines of up to $25,000 for first-time offenders who release refrigerants into the air. Building owners or managers may therefore be held responsible if they or a contractor they hire do not comply with these new regulations.
 This issue of refrigerant handling and eventual phaseout represents the biggest change in the air-conditioning industry since the invention of air conditioning itself. Many contractors are preparing for the July 1 deadline but compliance with the law requires considerable investment in new equipment and training. Consequently, some contractors may choose to operate illegally. Building owners or managers cannot afford to unknowingly participate in an illegal act because of this. They should realize that CFCs are often released into the atmosphere during the repair and service of any system.
 Arctic Air's seminar will feature air-conditioning industry and government liaison experts and should be attended by building owners and managers, in-house maintenance personnel and anyone and everyone responsible for air-conditioning or refrigeration systems.
 For more information, contact Mike Flesher, President, Arctic Air, Inc., 13922 Schaefer, Detroit, MI 48227, 313-491-5300.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Flesher of Arctic Air, Inc., 313-491-5300/ CO: Arctic Air, Inc. ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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