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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 5. State Air Pollution Control Board
Chapter 145. Regulations for Control of Greenhouse Gases
12/2/2022

9VAC5-145-100. Applicability, prohibitions, and exemptions.

A. The sale, lease, rent, installation, or entry into commerce in the Commonwealth of Virginia by any person of any products or equipment that use or will use hydrofluorocarbons for the applications and end-uses restricted by Appendix U and Appendix V of Subpart G of 40 CFR Part 82, as those read on January 3, 2017, is prohibited after the effective date specified in 9VAC5-145-120.

B. Except where an existing system is retrofitted, nothing in this chapter requires a person that acquired prior to the effective date of the restrictions specified in 9VAC5-145-120, a product or equipment containing a substance prohibited under this chapter, to cease use of that product or equipment.

C. The prohibitions of this chapter do not apply to products or equipment in specific applications and end-uses restricted by Appendix U and Appendix V of Subpart G of 40 CFR Part 82, as those read on January 3, 2017, that were manufactured prior to the effective date of the restrictions specified in 9VAC5-145-120.

D. Notwithstanding subsection A of this section, the uses of hydrofluorocarbons specified in subdivisions 1, 2, and 3 of this subsection are exempt from the prohibitions for the applications and end-uses restricted by Appendix U and Appendix V of Subpart G of 40 CFR Part 82, as those read on January 3, 2017.

1. This chapter does not restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons in the manufacturing process by extruded polystyrene boardstock and billet manufacturers located in the Commonwealth of Virginia to produce products for sale and distribution outside of the Commonwealth, as long as the manufacturer and the distributors of that product can demonstrate (i) that the extruded polystyrene boardstock or billet product is intended for distribution and sale, lease, rental, installation, or entry into commerce outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia and (ii) that the manufacturer and distributors have taken reasonable precautions to assure that the extruded polystyrene boardstock or billet product is not distributed within the Commonwealth for sale, lease, rental, installation, or entry into commerce. This exemption does not apply to extruded polystyrene boardstock or billet products that are sold, leased, rented, installed, or otherwise entered into commerce by any person to retail outlets within the Commonwealth. This exemption shall expire on the date specified in 9VAC5-145-130 B.

2. This chapter does not restrict the use of hydrofluorocarbons in the manufacturing process by aviation and aerospace businesses located in Virginia to produce products for sale and distribution.

3. This chapter does not restrict the management or use of a regulated substance for which the Administrator of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided a mandatory allocation of allowances pursuant to Section 103 (e)(4)(B)(iv)(I) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020 in Division S, Innovation for the Environment, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133 (116th)) for the exclusive use in applications solely for:

a. A propellant in metered dose inhalers;

b. Defense sprays;

c. Structural composite preformed polyurethane foam for marine use and trailer use;

d. The etching of semiconductor material or wafers and the cleaning of chemical vapor deposition chambers within the semiconductor manufacturing sector;

e. Mission-critical military end-uses, such as armored vehicle engine and shipyard fire suppression systems and systems used in deployable and expeditionary applications; and

f. Onboard aerospace fire suppression.

4. The exemption in subdivision 2 of this subsection shall expire on December 28, 2025, or in the event the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended providing the allocation of allowances for certain essential uses pursuant to Section 103 (e)(4)(B)(v)(II) of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2020 in Division S, Innovation for the Environment, of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133 (116th)) to the date that extension ends, whichever is later.

E. The provisions of this chapter apply throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§ 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 20, eff. June 1, 2021; amended, Virginia Register Volume 39, Issue 4, eff. November 9, 2022.

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