Importing Bulk Ozone Depleting Substances
Under Title VI of the Clean Air Act, EPA regulates the import of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) into the United States. Requirements differ for virgin and used ODSs as well as for Class I and Class II ODSs.
- Class I ODSs include substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, methyl bromide, hydrobromofluorocarbons, and chlorobromomethane.
- Class II ODSs include hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) (including HCFC-22, also known as R-22).
- Used Class I and Class II ODSs are substances that have been recovered from their intended use systems.
If an ODS is imported into the United States, the importer is subject to recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Imports of Class I ODSs are required to submit reports to EPA 45 days after the end of the quarter, and importers of Class II ODSs are required to submit reports to EPA 30 days after the end of each quarter.
Click on the link below for specific information about:
- Importing Virgin Class I ODSs
- Importing Used Class I ODSs
- Importing Virgin Class II ODSs
- Importing Used Class II ODSs
Another source to help compliance with environmental laws regulating the import and export of environmentally sensitive materials, including ODS, is The Border Center.