Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery

On May 16, 2012, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) technology is in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet for purposes of controlling motor vehicle refueling emissions, and, therefore, by this action, the EPA is waiving the requirement for states to implement Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs).

The EPA requires that each state produce a technical demonstration showing that removing a Stage II Vapor Recovery system will not adversely impact air quality. Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems have begun in many states and are regulated differently state by state. States allowing Decommissioning of Stage II in our service areas are CT, MA VT, NH and ME.

Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment offers Stage II Decommissioning following your state Regulations and will file all the appropriate regulatory forms, adhering to PEI/RP300-09: Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites," specifically Section 14: Decommissioning State II Vapor Recovery Piping. 

What are the requirements for decommissioning?

  • File the appropriate States Intent to Decommission Forms
  • Decommission the entire Stage II system in accordance with the Petroleum Equipment Institute's (PEI's) Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites (PEI/RP300-09), Chapter 14: Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems
  • If not already installed, install the following California Air Resources Board Enhanced Vapor Recovery (CARB EVR) equipment at the time of decommissioning:
    • CARB EVR Stage I Pressure Vacuum Vent Valve(s)
    • CARB EVR Stage I rotatable product and vapor adaptors as described in the CARB EVR Stage I Executive Orders. 

Do I have to maintain a Stage I system if I decommission the Stage II system?

Yes. Owners/operators must continue to maintain Certified Stage I systems or Install Remaining Stage I Equipment that have been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at the time of Decommissioning Stage II. While States allow the decommissioning of Stage II systems, enforcement is that Stage I systems pass all applicable Stage I compliance tests after decommissioning is complete. In addition, EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for GDFs (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart CCCCCC) also require that applicable GDFs maintain Stage I systems. 

Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment is a company that takes personal pride ensuring that every customer receives the highest level of superior customer service.

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