Zoning + Sheet Metal: Page 12. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 May 20, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn Court Puts Regional Standards on Ice Legal Decision Places Definitive Hold on Enforcement Until Court Rules on Pending Lawsuit By Matt Bishop Of The NEWS Staff A ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has officially put regional furnace standards on ice — for now. The court granted an emergency motion filed by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refriger-ation Institute (AHRI) to stay the standards which would’ve required residential non-weatherized natural gas furnaces installed in 30 Northern states to have an AFUE rating of at least 90 percent. With this ruling, the court is preventing the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) from applying or enforcing the standards until the underlying lawsuit between the DOE and the American Public Gas Association (APGA) is resolved. In April, the DOE announced through an enforcement policy statement that it would not enforce the new standards after the May 1 deadline, but instead enforce the rules as if the settlement agreement between DOE and APGA had been accepted by the court. According to the court order: “The May 1, 2013 compliance deadline for energy con-servation standards for nonweatherized gas furnaces … is hereby stayed for six months following the issuance of any opinion by this court in this case upholding those standards.” Dave Calabrese, general counsel and senior vice president, public policy, AHRI, said he is very happy with the court’s ruling. “It was good the DOE said it wasn’t going to enforce it, but it meant the law was still on the books,” Calabrese said. “It could’ve led to confusion because people who weren’t aware of the DOE letter knew there was still a law on the books, and who knows how that could have affected the marketplace. So, while we were happy with what the DOE • See STAY GRANTED | page 13 Industry Encourages Cap Use on Refrigerants Recent Deaths Demonstrate Dangers of Huffing R-22 By Peter Powell Of The NEWS Staff shaheen-portman gaining support The HVACR industry has shown strong support for two recently introduced pieces of legislation, S 761 and HR 1616. The bills incorporate many of the elements that comprised S 1000, more commonly known as the Shaheen-Portman bill. Learn more on page 12. T his past March, Kristal Salcido, a 12-year-old seventh grader in Vic-torville, Calif., inhaled HCFC-22 from an air conditioning unit in the backyard of her grandmother’s home. She was later found passed out on the bathroom floor. Rushed to the emergency room, Salcido was pronounced brain dead. Four days later, her family decided to take her off life support. She had used the R-22 in a ritual called huff-ing — the intentional inhalation of chemical vapors to attain a mental high or euphoric effect. • See HUFFING R-22 | page 23 Tweet @achrnews www.achrnews.com RIGHT NOW A contractor is completing a 25-minute job in 1 minute. Take the 1 minute challenge. Is Now Featured On Our Home Page! Go to achrnews.com and view real-time tweets from The NEWS and other HVACR professionals. Post comments to Twi er and include @achrnews.