The SCAQMD originally adopted Rule 1415 to reduce ozone-depleting refrigerant emissions from stationary, non-residential air conditioning (comfort cooling) and refrigeration systems with full charge capacity of greater than 50 pounds, and using Class I and Class II refrigerants. The SCAQMD amended Rule 1415 (PDF, 85kb) to include high-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, and the rule now applies only to air conditioning systems with a full charge capacity of greater than 50 pounds of refrigerant. Control of refrigerant emissions from stationary refrigeration systems is under Rule 1415.1 (PDF, 154kb).
An owner or operator of an air conditioning system that meets Rule 1415 applicability must:
- Submit a plan to the SCAQMD every 2 years, using the Rule 1415 Facility Registration Form (PDF, 34kb). Please refer to the instruction sheet (PDF, 130kb) for help filling out the form;
- Conduct an annual leak inspection of the air conditioning system;
- Repair any refrigerant leak within 14 days of initial leak detection; and
- Keep on site records of all leak inspections, leak repair work, and amount of refrigerant added to the air conditioning system. The following forms may be used for record keeping:
Rule 1415 also contains requirements for any person who installs, repairs, maintains, services, relocates, or disposes of any air conditioning system, and for any person who recycles, recovers, reclaims, distributes or sells high GWP refrigerants. The following form may be used for recordkeeping of recovery and recycling equipment: