US retailer agrees $5.1m fine for refrigerant violations


Cooling Post

14 Jul 2021


USA: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has reached a $5.1m settlement agreement with the Albertsons retail chain for violations of the state’s Refrigerant Management Program (RMP).


The Refrigerant Management Program was adopted in 2009 as a measure under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary refrigeration systems.


During regular inspections under the RMP, CARB investigators found that Albertsons failed to comply with the programme’s requirements across Albertsons stores in California between 2016-2018. Violations included failure to annually audit and calibrate automatic leak detection equipment; failure to ensure that all detected refrigerant leaks were repaired within 14 days of detection by a certified technician; failure to accurately register and report their stores’ refrigeration systems; and failure to maintain required records for at least five years.


Albertsons is the largest retail grocery chain in California with approximately 600 stores. Its total of over 2,200 stores makes it the second-largest supermarket chain in North America after Kroger...