Fuel retailers in Connecticut and Massachusetts now can join the growing list of gas stations across the nation disconnecting their Stage II vapor recovery systems.
By July 1, 2015, fuel stations dispensing more than 10,000 gallons per month must disconnect their Stage II vapor recovery systems. The Stage II vapor recovery systems, which include the bellows or disk near the dispenser handle, are no longer needed because of advances in vehicle vapor recovery technology.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year determined that Stage II vapor recovery systems can be phased out beginning in 2013 or earlier if data is presented that shows on-board vapor recovery canisters already are in “widespread use” with a specific geographic area. The change is expected to save fuel retailers $6.6 million annually, because they no longer will need to maintain the equipment.
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