Saturday, November 19, 2016

NJDEP dropping required vapor recovery at the pump

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
will no longer require new gasoline dispensing facilities
to be constructed with Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems.

According to a notice from the department (full copy):

Through Administrative Order No. 2016-09 (AO) the Department has exercised discretion to allow a GDF constructed on or after October 12, 2016 to transfer gasoline to a vehicular fuel tank without meeting the Stage II vapor recovery system requirements.

Stage II vapor recovery systems capture gasoline vapors during vehicle refueling and return them to the gasoline underground storage tank.

New construction or a complete rebuild of a GDF will no longer be required to install Stage II vapor recovery systems. A complete rebuild is defined as including the USTs, piping, all site equipment and parts. This AO does not apply to circumstances where an existing GDF is replacing one or more dispensing devices used to fill vehicle fuel tanks.


New Jersey’s Stage II rules at N.J.A.C. 7:27-16.3 are mandated pursuant to the Federal Clean Air Act. However, the Clean Air Act and EPA allow Stage II requirements to be removed upon determining that Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) systems are in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet. 

These ORVR systems are another method of gasoline vapor refueling control located inside motor vehicles. As older vehicles without ORVR are retired and replaced with newer vehicles equipped with ORVR, the need for Stage II controls lessens over time. 

When ORVR systems operate in conjunction with vacuum assist vapor control systems there is a potential for excess emissions due to incompatibility of the two systems. The Department has estimated that currently new facilities with vacuum assist vapor control systems would not have any overall facility benefit from a Stage II vapor recovery system due to the incompatibility with ORVR.

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