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Environmental Protection Agency's Widespread Use Rule

On May 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency released a final rule that determined onboard refueling vapor recovery technology is in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet for purposes of controlling motor vehicle refueling emissions.  As a result of this finding, the Air Pollution Control Program is investigating the removal of Stage II vapor recovery requirements for gasoline dispensing facilities in the St. Louis ozone non-attainment area.  EPA’s determination included a regulatory support document summarizing the financial benefits and costs of decomissioning Stage II vapor recovery systems.

The Air Pollution Control Program held a stakeholder meeting in St. Louis on June 28, 2012 to discuss EPA’s widespread use rule and the possibility of removing the Stage II vapor recovery requirements in 10 CSR 10-5.220 Control of Petroleum Liquid Storage, Loading and Transfer.  As mentioned in the stakeholder meeting, the program would like sources subject to Stage II requirements to review EPA’s benefits and costs for decommissioning Stage II vapor recovery systems and provide feedback on the accuracy of EPA’s information as it pertains to their facility.  Feedback from sources, or their representative trade associations, may be submitted by email or written comments may be mailed to:

Chief, Air Quality Planning Section
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Air Pollution Control Program
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. 

This feedback will be used to help determine the fiscal impact of any potential rulemaking to remove Stage II requirements in the St. Louis area.

Decommissioning Tips and Reminders

Decommissioning Update - April 12, 2013

Stage II Decommissioning Checklist--MO 780-2190 (04/13)

March 22, 2013 - Vapor Recovery Stakeholder Meeting Presentation
Jan. 8, 2013 - Policy Memo 2013-01 – Stage II Vapor Recovery – Phase Out
Jan. 8, 2013 - Draft Technical Support Document for Removal of Stage II
Aug. 7, 2012 - EPA Guidance on removing Stage II programs from State Implementation Plans
July 31, 2012 - Policy Memo 2012-01 - Stage II Vapor Recovery Enforcement Discretion
June 28, 2012 - Vapor Recovery/Stage II – Widespread Use Meeting Notes