capital report: october 16, 2018

EPA Considering Eliminating Refrigerant Sales Restrictions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a proposal that could eliminate refrigerant sales restrictions on non-ozone depleting refrigerants such as R-134a. Specifically, the proposed rule suggests reversing a 2016 rule that instituted air conditioning appliance maintenance and leak repair requirements to non-ozone depleting substances (ODS). While the proposal for the most part applies to stationary air conditioners, EPA is also asking for comments on provisions of the 2016 regulation that extended refrigerant sales restrictions to non-ODS such as R-134a. Those regulations, which went into effect in 2018, permitted sales of small containers of non-ODS refrigerants to non-certified individuals as long as the container was equipped with a self-sealing valve.

EPA is proposing to eliminate the application of the leak repair requirements to non-ODS refrigerants based on their current interpretation that they do not have the authority under the Clean Air Act to apply the requirements to non-ozone depleting refrigerants. EPA also states that while they are only seeking to overturn one part of the rule, they are asking for comment as to whether it has the authority to impose the refrigerant sales restrictions on non-ODS as well.

Comments are due to the agency by Nov. 15.

Questions? Contact Aaron Lowe.

Read more about the EPA rule:


Secure Vehicle Interface to be Unveiled at AAPEX 2018

Attendees of AAPEX 2018 can view live demonstrations of the Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI) throughout the show by visiting the SVI Booth (Booth 31021), located in the Technology of Tomorrow section of the Venetian Ballroom at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

What is the SVI? The Secure Vehicle Interface (SVI) provides a standardized, secure design so vehicle data can be shared with authorized third parties at the owner’s discretion. Implementations based on this design enable connection with the smart global infrastructure where vehicles can “talk” to their surroundings (e.g., traffic lights, emergency vehicles, other vehicles, etc.) to adapt to an evolving driving environment, which results in safe and more efficient roads.

The Auto Care Association, in partnership with Q-Free, Concepts & Services & Solutions (CSC), OnBoard Security, Greenhills and CarMD/Innova, will exhibit demonstrations showcasing the SVI.

  • CSC will use a simulation to demonstrate how the SVI provides secured and standardized access to sensor and control networks.
  • Q-Free will conduct a live demonstration showing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) connectivity for estimated arrival time and traffic conditions.
  • Q-Free will conduct a live demonstration showcasing real-time vehicle data information and remote real-time diagnostics.

In addition to visiting Booth #31021, attendees can learn more about the SVI by attending the AAPEXedu session Enabling the Connected Future: The Secure Vehicle Impact on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Venetian (Marco Polo Room 703).

Questions? Contact Joe Register.

View the press release:


Prop 65 and Trade Policy Featured by AAPEXedu

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, AAPEXedu is hosting two hour-long educational sessions on two of the most talked-about issues of 2018: California’s Prop 65 and Trump’s trade agenda. AAPEX attendees are encouraged to attend in order to get the latest information on these relevant topics.

California's Prop 65: The Information You Need to Know
Room: The Venetian, Marco Polo Room 701
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Kevin C. Mayer, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

View the session description.

Navigating Trade in a Challenging Political Environment
Room: The Venetian, Marco Polo Room 703
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speakers: Raj Bhala, Senior Advisor, Dentons U.S. LLP; Vanessa P. Sciarra, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy, National Foreign Trade Council

View the session description.

View the AAPEXedu schedule:


IRS Publishes Tax Reform Resources for Small Business

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding business taxpayers to learn about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new tax law passed end of last year, may affect them. Among other things, the new law may change their tax rates and impact the quarterly estimated tax payments they are required to make during the year.

The IRS is highlighting these changes and more as part of its ongoing initiative to help small businesses and self-employed individuals understand and meet their tax responsibilities. Pass-through businesses, small C-Corporations, Schedule C filers (independent contractors and gig economy workers) and farmers are all affected by the new law.

Helpful resources:

Questions? Contact Paul Fiore.

View tax reform resources:


USITC Launches Investigation into Economic Impacts of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Last Friday, Oct. 12, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) launched an investigation into the likely economic impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USITC will submit its report to the president and Congress no later than 105 days after the president signs the trade deal.

USITC is seeking comments and holding a public hearing on Nov. 15, 2018 to assess USMCA’s impact on the U.S. economy, selected industry sectors and U.S. consumer interests. Written comments from the public are due Dec. 20, 2018.

Please contact Angela Chiang with any comments you would like included in the association’s submission. Members can also file their own comments through

View the Federal Register Notice:


Get the Latest Coverage of the 2018 Elections

Thanks to support from the Auto Care Political Action Committee (ACPAC), we are pleased to bring Capital Report readers the latest Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzalez, a bi-monthly nonpartisan analysis of U.S. elections.

Read the latest issue: elections 10-12-2018.pdf

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