WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency here told SN yesterday that Price Chopper, Schenectady, N.Y., is the latest food retailer to join the EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership with the supermarket industry. The GreenChill program, officially launched in late November, aims to reduce refrigerant emissions in stores and promote the use of non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and new refrigeration technology. Other retail participants are Food Lion, Hannaford Bros., Giant Eagle, Publix Super Markets, Whole Foods Market and Harris Teeter. The program also includes refrigerant makers Arkema, Dow Chemical, INEOS Fluor, DuPont and Honeywell as well as equipment manufacturers Hussmann, Hill Phoenix and Kysor/Warren. “Our goal is to increase the number of supermarket partners,” said EPA spokeswoman Keilly Witman. Food retailers in the program are now gathering refrigerant data in what Witman called the “first round of data reporting,” which concludes March 31. The chemical manufacturers are working on a set of guidelines on how to retrofit refrigeration equipment to use a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant in place of R-22 refrigerant; the guidelines are expected in September, said Witman.
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