State to relax emission rules on gas stations
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The state Department of Environmental Protection has decided not to enforce a requirement that new gas stations in southwestern and southeastern Pennsylvania install gasoline vapor recovery systems which were required to limit emissions of air pollutants that cause smog.
The DEP said in a release issued today that some existing stations that have seen their business grow could also be exempted from the rule which requires facilities in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia regions to maintain vapor recovery systems.
Those systems are attached to gas pump nozzles and siphon fumes emitted while pumping gas. According to the DEP, most newer vehicles have their own vapor recovery systems, making the gas station systems redundant.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is allowing states that can show that a certain percentage of vehicles are newer and contain the vapor recovery technology to remove the gas station vapor recovery requirement from their statewide air pollution control plans.
First Published August 15, 2012 2:23 pm