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ANSI Member to Receive EPA Award for Ozone Protection Efforts

New York, Mar 15, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), an American National Standards Institute member and accredited standards developer, to receive one of fifteen 2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards. EPA established the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards in 1990 to recognize exceptional leadership, personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer. The award will be presented to AHAM at the 2005 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards Dinner on May 4, 2005, in Washington, DC.

AHAM was selected for the organization’s efforts related to promotion of responsible handling of fluorocarbons, and related research into ozone friendly refrigerants and foam blowing agents. AHAM has supported the transition of refrigerator-freezers using CFC refrigerants and foam-blowing agents to HFC chemicals, which do not deplete the ozone layer. AHAM has also proactively created programs and training manuals to educate and certify appliance service and disposal technicians in the responsible handling of fluorocarbons. AHAM’s ongoing input to these programs ensures that the training manuals and test questions accurately reflect current regulations, best practices, and atmospheric science.

Further, AHAM created the Appliance Research Consortium (ARC) to share data on possible substitutes for refrigerant and foam applications and recruited participation of all U.S. refrigerator-freezer manufacturers, EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), national energy laboratories and chemical, foam and plastics suppliers. ARC also completed a detailed hazard analysis and legal study of the implications of using flammable refrigerants in the U.S.

The Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award has been presented to 477 individuals, organizations and teams from 40 countries. This year, fifteen individuals, organizations, associations and teams have earned the award through originality and public purpose, moral and persuasive leadership, and elimination of emissions of ozone-depleting substances. Award nominations were evaluated by EPA staff and judged by an international panel representing industry, government, and international non-governmental organizations.

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) is a not-for-profit trade association representing manufacturers of major, portable and floor care home appliances, and suppliers to the industry and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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