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Destruction of Ozone Depleting Substances

In 1988, the United States ratified the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol). By ratifying the Montreal Protocol and its subsequent adjustments and amendments, the United States has committed to a collaborative, international effort to regulate and phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, methyl bromide, and hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs).

This international agreement led to an amendment of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 1990 to include Title VI, Stratospheric Ozone Protection. Title VI authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to manage the phaseout of ODSs. Among the regulations established by EPA are requirements for the safe handling of ODSs and prohibitions on the known venting or release of ODSs into the atmosphere. Therefore, as ODSs are phased out, surplus ODSs must be stored, reused (after recycling or reclamation), or destroyed.

Destruction Practices and Technologies

EPA has a draft report on the types and quantities of ODSs destroyed in the United States, which also estimates future destruction trends and reviews technologies to destroy ODSs. (55pp, 589K, About PDF).

Commercially Available Destruction Facilities

The following facilities are commercially available to destroy controlled ozone-depleting substances. This information is based on the reports submitted to EPA under our requirements for reporting ozone depleting substances. This list is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by EPA of any entity listed, its products, practices, or services. Listed companies are responsible for obtaining proper permitting for the waste that they handle or destroy, as well as the waste that they import from outside of the United States. In some cases, controlled ozone-depleting substances are considered hazardous waste, and thus, must abide by Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) requirements, including but not limited to, destruction by RCRA-permitted hazardous waste facilities.

Commercially Available Destruction Facilities
Company Name Contact Information Facility Location
Chill-Tek, Inc. Michael Gerhart  
(310) 545-7192
Las Vegas, NV
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., Aragonite Incineration Facility Melissa Scales
(435) 884-8174
Aragonite, Utah
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., Eldorado Incineration Facility

Ronald Hines
(870) 864-2217

Eldorado, Arkansas
Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc., Deer Park Incineration Facility James East
(281) 930-2410
LaPorte, Texas
RemTec International Richard Marcus
(800) 372-1301
Bowling Green, Ohio
Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. Doug Harris
(618) 271-2804
Sauget, Illinois
Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. Scott Hilton
(409) 736-4157
Port Arthur, Texas


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