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Ozone LayerOzone-Depleting Chemicals Management

April 11, 2003

The Earth's stratospheric ozone layer protects us from the sun's ultraviolet radiation. Without the ozone layer's protection, there would be an increase in skin cancer, cataracts and damage to crops. Many refrigerants contain Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. The EPA established a program to safely manage and dispose of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. This program is implemented under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.

It is Stony Brook University's policy to remove refrigerants from equipment prior to disposal. Only Certified refrigerant technicians can remove refrigerants. Call Facilities Operations at (631) 632-6400, (631) 632-6398 or (631) 444-9667 to have the refrigerant removed from your equipment. Property Control will not dispose of equipment until the refrigerant is removed. Do not dispose of any equipment until the refrigerant has been properly removed.

The following links will provide additional information on ozone depletion. If you need additional information on Stony Brook's, program, please call Environmental Health and Safety at (631) 632-6410.

Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Management brochure (in Adobe PDF format)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ozone Depletion

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