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ASSOCIATION OF HOME APPLIANCE MANUFACTURERS TESTIFIES ON EPA RECYCLING AND EMISSIONS REDUCTION PROPOSALS

 WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) today supported Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposals on recycling and emissions reduction of ozone depleting substances, as they apply to household appliances.
 H. Carl Horneman (senior counsel for enviromental law, appliances division, General Electric Co.) presented the appliance industry's comments on proposed EPA regulations governing service and disposal of equipment using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs). AHAM urged EPA to include household refrigerators and freezers, room air conditioner products, dehumidifiers and undercounter icemakers as "small appliances" under the regulations. EPA's proposal sets less burdensome requirements for small appliance service procedures and technicians.
 The products of AHAM commented on typically contain from less than a pound to five pounds of CFCs or HCFCs -- compared with other equipment which can contain several hundred pounds.
 AHAM also supported EPA proposals for voluntary small appliance service technician certification.
 "The appliance industry has worked since early 1992 to draft a technician testing and certification program that would create awareness of the need to recover refrigerants during service, rather than allowing them to escape to the atmosphere," reported Horneman.
 The home appliance industry recognizes the need to recover and recycle ozone depleting substances and has high interest in EPA's proposals for emissions reductions. Full facts and rationale supporting the industry positions taken at the hearing will be submitted to EPA by its Jan. 22, 1993, written comment deadline.
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 /CONTACT: Joyce Viso, Chicago Headquarters, 312-984-5832, or Michael Bartscherer, Washington office, 202-434-7327, both of AHAM/


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