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Importing Used Class I Substances

Why EPA Allows the Import of Used Class I Ozone Depleting Substances

We allow the import of used Class I ODS to ease the transition to ODS alternatives. To ensure that imported ODSs were used and not newly manufactured, EPA has a petition process to help verify that the ODS were actually used.

Petition Requirements for Importing Used Class I Ozone Depleting Substances

Petition requirements and Agency procedures for reviewing and approving petitions to import used Class II ODS are available in 40 CFR 82.13(g)(2). Petitions must be received by EPA 40 working days before the shipment is to leave the foreign port of export.

There is no EPA petition form. The petition may be in any format, but must include this information about the used Class I ODS:

  1. From what type of equipment was it removed?
  2. Who removed it?
  3. When was it removed?
  4. How much was removed?
  5. What chemical was used to replace the Class I ODS; or was new equipment installed; or was the equipment no longer needed?
  6. If new equipment was installed, what type of equipment is it?

We ask that all petitioners submit information through the ODSPETITIONS@epa.gov in box. This allows us to better track submittals and respond in a timely manner.


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