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Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery

Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery​

On May 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) technology has achieved widespread implementation across the motor vehicle fleet. This adoption of ORVR technology effectively controls motor vehicle refueling emissions. Consequently, the EPA hereby grants a waiver to states from the requirement of implementing Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs).
To ensure compliance with air quality standards, the EPA mandates that each state present a technical demonstration confirming that the removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery systems will not have an adverse impact on air quality. Decommissioning of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems has already commenced in several states, with individual regulations governing the process.
In our service areas, namely CT, MA, VT, NH, and ME, Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment offers Stage II Decommissioning services in strict accordance with state regulations. We diligently manage all necessary regulatory paperwork, adhering to the guidelines outlined in PEI/RP300-09: Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites, particularly Section 14, which pertains to Decommissioning State II Vapor Recovery Piping.
What are the requirements for decommissioning?
1. Submission of the appropriate Intent to Decommission Forms required by the respective states.
2. Complete decommissioning of the entire Stage II system in full compliance 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), specifically Chapter 14, which outlines the decommissioning procedures for Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems.
3. If not already installed, the installation of California Air Resources Board Enhanced Vapor Recovery (CARB EVR) equipment is mandatory during the decommissioning process. This includes CARB EVR Stage I Pressure Vacuum Vent Valve(s) and CARB EVR Stage I rotatable product and vapor adaptors as described in the CARB EVR Stage I Executive Orders.
Is it necessary to maintain a Stage I system if the Stage II system is decommissioned?
Yes. Owners and operators must continue to maintain Certified Stage I systems or install the remaining Stage I equipment that has been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) at the time of decommissioning the Stage II system. While states permit the decommissioning of Stage II systems, it is imperative that Stage I systems pass all applicable Stage I compliance tests once decommissioning is complete. Furthermore, the EPA’s National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for GDFs (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart CCCCCC) also necessitate the maintenance of applicable Stage I systems at GDFs.
At Hugh’s Mechanical Equipment, we take considerable pride in providing our customers with exceptional customer service. We prioritize personalized attention and guarantee that every customer receives the highest level of satisfaction.
Feel free to contact us today for a complimentary estimate. Let us assure you of the peace of mind and confidence that comes with knowing your fuel tank system operates flawlessly and remains in full compliance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.

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