Can you afford the fines for not complying with Section 609 certification?


The MACS office has received some questions recently on fines for violation of Section 608 and 609 noncompliance. Here are some answers:

EPA assesses penalties for violations on a case-by-case basis, based on many factors outlined in EPA’s penalty calculation policy. The most recent Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule was published on July 1, 2016 (81 FR 43091). See https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA_FRDOC_0001-20274. For violations that occurred after November 2, 2015 and for which the penalty was assessed after August 1, 2016, the Clean Air Act maximum statutory daily penalty is $44,539.

The max total for cases settled administratively is $356,312.

Section 609 compliance tests cost $20 on the MACS website -just sayin’!

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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