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Adam CrowellJul 28, 20231 min read

ComplyNet is EPA Approved to Certify Technicians for 609 Training

July 28, 2023.  ComplyNet is EPA Approved to Certify Technicians Under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) protects both the environment and public health.  To accomplish its mission, EPA enforces federal laws, like the Clean Air Act.  Pay close attention to the Clean Air Act.  Violations can reach up to $446K violation and one particular section of the Clean Air Act applies specifically to dealerships and service centers – Section 609.

Section 609 of the Clean Air Act aims to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and greenhouse gases from motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems, which can impact the environment and public health.  Section 609 applies to anyone who performs service, repair, or maintenance on MVAC systems for vehicles that use regulated refrigerants, such as hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

There are key compliance requirements for Section 609:

  • Technician Certification:  Technicians who work on MVAC systems and handle regulated refrigerants must be certified by an EPA-approved certification provider.  The EPA-approved certification program ensures that technicians understand the proper handling and recycling of refrigerants to prevent their release into the atmosphere.
  • Safe Handling and Recycling:  The regulation outlines specific procedures for the proper handling, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants from MVAC systems to minimize their environmental impact. This includes using EPA-approved recovery equipment and ensuring that refrigerants are not vented during servicing.
  • Record Keeping:  Your dealerships and service centers must keep records of technician certifications, refrigerant purchases, disposals, and other relevant information to demonstrate compliance.
  • Sales Restriction:  Section 609 also prohibits the sale of regulated refrigerants to uncertified individuals or entities. 
ComplyNet is one of the few select companies that are EPA-approved to provide 609 certification.  To learn how ComplyNet can help your dealerships and service centers comply with regulations impacting your business, SCHEDULE A MEETING today. 


Adam Crowell

Adam is Vice President of Legal and Corporate Development at KPA and ComplyNet and is a licensed practicing attorney with over 21 years of experience primarily representing dealerships. Adam is a frequent speaker on the local, state, and national levels, including presentations to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the National Independent Auto Dealers Association (NIADA), and the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC).