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EPA Delays Refrigeration Transition Additional Time, Flexibility Benefits Industry Including Manufacturers and Operators

CHICAGO – April 17, 2018 – Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued guidance delaying the refrigerant transition for vending machines, a big win for the entire convenience services industry. Even though the delay was granted pursuant to a recent Court ruling, NAMA and industry advocates have been at the forefront, petitioning for this delay. This guidance suspends the January 1, 2019 transition date until the EPA updates regulations requiring a phase out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), currently used in nearly all vending machines. While the final transition date remains uncertain, it is expected a new regulation from the EPA could be finalized within a year.

Last summer, NAMA petitioned for this relief and secured a meeting with the EPA which included industry leaders, advocating on behalf of the industry, so that member businesses are able to navigate design and placement challenges related to the EPA required transition.

“This week’s action delivers the positive result NAMA was working toward, a result that benefits manufacturers and operators alike -- providing valuable, additional time to work through challenges related to a transition away from HFCs,” said NAMA’s Senior Vice President, Eric Dell.

“Moving ahead, the industry will continue to work together with the EPA on this issue and remains committed to a transition away from HFCs. In fact, NAMA is undertaking research to determine optimal next steps and address concerns related to alternative refrigerants,” he continued.

NAMA represents the $31 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s nearly 160,000 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.