November 7, 2013

Seeking Victims in the Matter of Super-Freeze 22a and Other Flammable Refrigerants

The FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Criminal Investigation Division, and the U.S. Department of Transportation - Office of Inspector General are conducting an investigation into a flammable “refrigerant” sold as Super-Freeze 22a, Super-Freeze12a, Super-Freeze 134a, Enviro-Safe 22a, and R134a. These products have not been submitted to the EPA for review as alternative and accepted refrigerants.

If you have purchased any of the above refrigerants and/or received a letter notification from the FBI, you have been identified as a possible victim who may have unknowingly purchased flammable refrigerant.

This refrigerant product had been marketed as a drop-in replacement, second generation, non-ozone depleting hydrocarbon refrigerant. The target consumers were home owners and do-it yourselfers. The product could be purchased online and over the telephone by anyone; a refrigeration license was not required to make the purchase.

If a flammable refrigerant has been installed into your air conditioning system, call a licensed heating and air conditioning professional, and do not attempt to service the system yourself. If you suspect a leak, call your local fire department immediately. The flammable refrigerants are not believed to contain the “rotten eggs” smell typically associated with liquefied petroleum gas or propane.

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The EPA has issued a national press release that warns against the use of refrigerant substitutes that pose a fire and explosion risk.

The large number of possible victims necessitates that we ask for your assistance in one of the two ways listed below. Any responses are voluntary but will prove useful to our investigation. Completion of the questionnaire would help us further identify you as a victim and greatly help our investigation.

Please complete one of the two following methods.

  1. Preferred Method—Complete the attached online form/questionnaire on the website:
  2. Complete the questionnaire received in the mail and mail or e-mail it back to the address below:
    FBI New Orleans, Sq 5
    Super-Freeze Investigations
    2901 Leon C. Simon Blvd
    New Orleans, LA 70126

Your questionnaire and information will be kept confidential. However, there is a possibility your information will be released to specific parties through court-ordered proceedings.

Due to the large number of potential victims, it would be impractical for us to speak with each one of you individually. Based on the responses provided, you may be contacted by a special agent and asked to provide additional information. Regardless, your name has been added to our list of potential victims in the captioned matter, and our victim notification system will keep you informed of potential progress in any federal investigation that may develop as deemed appropriate, as well as provide you with updated information regarding your rights in this matter.

Again, please contact a licensed heating and air conditioning specialist if the flammable refrigerant product has been installed in your AC system, and do not attempt to service the system yourself.