World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

Army to pay $85K for ammonia lapses

US EPAUSA: The Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to pay $85,059 to settle EPA claims over its use of ammonia in a research lab refrigeration system.

The EPA alleged that the Army Corps did not comply with Risk Management Plan regulations contained in the federal Clean Air Act in its handling of anhydrous ammonia at its Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, New Hampshire. This facility contains about 6,350kg of anhydrous ammonia in a closed-loop refrigeration process.

EPA’s Risk Management Plan programme requires companies that use or store certain amounts of very hazardous chemicals to develop and implement a programme to prevent accidental releases of those chemicals and to reduce any consequences from an accidental release.

Specifically, EPA alleged that the Army Corp failed to comply with safety information requirements; adequately identify, evaluate, and control hazards; comply with operating procedures requirements; comply with mechanical integrity requirements; comply with compliance audit requirements; and have an adequate emergency response programme.

In addition to typical refrigeration equipment, the facility had an emergency ammonia dump system on the outside of the building from which ammonia could be discharged during an emergency to a nearby storm water detention pond that drains into the Connecticut River. As this could potentially harm the river, the Army Corps will be disabling this outdated technology and safeguarding the facility through other means.

Latest News

20th February 2024

F-gas regulation published in Official Journal

EUROPE: The new F-gas regulation has now been published in the EU’s Official Journal, making it legally binding and entering into force in 20 days.
20th February 2024

Carrier Germany increases heat pump training

GERMANY: Carrier Germany is offering new hydraulics training courses  at its training centre on the IKKE campus in Duisburg to support the growing demand for heat pump expertise. 
20th February 2024

Oceanair acquired by builders’ merchant MKM

UK: Air conditioning and heat pump distributor Oceanair UK has been acquired by MKM, the independent builders’ merchant.
20th February 2024

Carrier to build factory and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA: Carrier is to build an advanced manufacturing and R&D facility in Saudi Arabia in a partnership with Alat, a new Riyadh-based public investment fund company.
19th February 2024

BDN offers high level monitoring

IRELAND: The first installation of Bitzer’s Digital Network (BDN) in Ireland is providing high-level monitoring, system diagnostics and optimisation for an award-winning deli food specialist.
19th February 2024

Manchester receives heat pump training boost

UK: Daikin UK in partnership with the Green Skills Academy is to deliver the first heat pump training programme for college tutors and staff at nine Greater Manchester colleges.