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Puerto Rico Take-Back Law Details Still in Question
Jul 11, 2012
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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute staff met with officials of Puerto Rico on June 29 to "emphasize AHRI's position" that the law doesn't apply to the HVAC/R products made by AHRI members.

The new law requires importers, manufacturers, and some distributors to take end-of-life responsibility for "e-waste" - but as of late June officials had yet to specify what specific products constitute "e-waste" under the law.

AHRI stated its case in meetings with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board, the Governor's office, and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce.

AHRI noted that, even within a month of the law's effect date, officials had failed to publish regulations needed to implement the law. Especially crucial and still unreleased was the list of products specifically designated as being within the scope of the law.

AHRI said the chairman of Puerto Rico's Environmental Quality Board "acknowledged the need to clarify the scope of the legislation, as well as the need to work with business in determining a reasonable path forward for implementation." He also indicated that the enforcement date could be changed.

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