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The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued regulations banning the release of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons), which are commonly found in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment. They cause the depletion of the ozone layer, which protects us from UV radiation. Hospitality operators should not work on their air conditioning units or any other machinery with refrigerants unless they are appropriately certified. Any hospitality business that hires a firm to work on refrigerators or air conditioners should make sure the firm is reputable, qualified and has the equipment necessary to reclaim or recycle the CFCs. Release of these into the air can result in a severe fine, and the business can be held partially liable. If a hospitality business has maintenance personnel who work on refrigeration or air conditioning equipment, it will need to purchase the recycling or recapturing equipment. Hospitality businesses that do have recovery equipment must register that equipment with the federal EPA and keep a copy of the registration on file. Call the number below to register the equipment. As of November 14, 1994, anyone who works on air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment must be trained and certified by the EPA (207-289-2437). For more details, contact the Stratospheric Protection Hotline at (800) 296-1996 or visit the web site at

Release Date: 1/4/2001 12:00:00 AM