FEATHER RIVER AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 3.8 - STORAGE AND TRANSFER OF GASOLINE
(Adopted 6/91)

  1. Any person who installs any gasoline storage tank with a capacity of 250 gallons or more which is not equipped with a permanent submerged fill pipe or other equipment referred to in this Rule is guilty of a misdemeanor. This provision does not apply to any storage tank which is used primarily for the fueling of implements of husbandry, as such vehicles are defined in Division 16 (commencing with Section 3600) of the Vehicle Code.

    TRANSFER OF GASOLINE INTO STATIONARY STORAGE CONTAINERS

    1. A person shall not transfer or permit the transfer of gasoline from any delivery vessel (i.e., tank truck or trailer) into any stationary storage container with a capacity of more than 250 gallons unless 90% by weight of the vapors displaced from such transfer are prevented from being released to the atmosphere.

      The provisions of this section shall be subject to the following exceptions:
      1. The transfer of gasoline into any stationary storage container used primarily for the fueling of implements of husbandry as such vehicles are defined in Division 16 (Section 3600 et seq.) of the California Vehicle Code.
      2. The transfer of gasoline into any stationary storage container in existence prior to date of adoption of this rule when such container is served by a delivery vessel exempted by the Air Pollution Control Officer pursuant to Section 3a of this Rule.
      3. The transfer of gasoline into any stationary storage container in existence prior to adoption of this regulation which is equipped with a offset fill pipe.
      4. The transfer of gasoline into any stationary storage container installed prior to the effective date of this regulation for which the total monthly throughput of the facility does not exceed 25,000 gallons.
    2. No person shall store gasoline in or otherwise use or operate any gasoline vessel unless such vessel is designed to be vapor tight. Any delivery vessel into which gasoline vapors are required to be transferred shall be filled only at a loading facility that is equipped with a system that prevents at least 90% by weight of the gasoline vapors displaced from entering the atmosphere.
      1. The owner or operator of any bulk loading facility which was in operation prior to the date of adoption of this Rule and for which the annual throughput to stationary storage containers that are not exempted from Section 1a does not exceed 500,000 gallons, may petition the Air Pollution Control Officer to have the facility's delivery vessels and other independently owned gasoline delivery vessels which are exclusively serviced at such facility exempted from the provisions of Section 2. The owner and operator of such a facility must petition annually to renew such exemptions.
      2. A person shall not load gasoline into any delivery vessel from any loading facility granted an exemption pursuant to Section 3a of this Rule unless such delivery vessel is loaded through a submerged fill pipe.
      1. For the purposes of the Rule, the term "gasoline" is defined as any petroleum distillate having a Reid Vapor pressure of 4 pounds or greater.
      2. For the purposes of this Rule "gasoline vapors" means the organic compounds in the displaced vapors including any entrained liquid gasoline.
      3. For the purposes of this Rule, the term "submerged fill pipe" is defined as any fill pipe, the discharge opening of which is entirely submerged when the liquid level is 6 inches above the bottom of the container. "Submerged fill pipe" when applied to a container which is loaded from the side is defined as any fill pipe the discharge opening of which is entirely submerged when the liquid level is 18 inches above the bottom of the container.

    TRANSFER OF GASOLINE INTO TANK TRUCKS, TRAILER, AND RAILROAD TANK CARS AT LOADING FACILITIES
    1. A person shall not load gasoline into any tank truck, trailer, or railroad tank car from any loading facility having an annual throughput of 5,000,000 gallons or more unless the loading facility is equipped with a vapor collection and disposal system or its equivalent approved by the Air Pollution Control Officer. Loading shall be accomplished in such a manner that all displaced vapor and air will be vented only to the vapor collection system. Measures shall be taken to prevent liquid from the loading device when it is not in use or to accomplish complete drainage before the loading device is disconnected.
    2. The vapor disposal portion of the vapor collection and disposal system shall process all vapors and reduce the emission of gasoline vapors by at least 90% by weight of uncontrolled emissions.

    STORAGE OF GASOLINE PRODUCTS AT TERMINALS AND LARGE BULK LOADING FACILITIES
    1. A person shall not place, store or hold in any stationary tank, reservoir or other container of more than 40,000 gallons capacity gasoline unless such tank, reservoir or other container is a pressure tank maintaining working pressures sufficient at all time to prevent gasoline vapor or gas loss to the atmosphere, or is designed and equipped with one of the following vapor loss control devices, properly installed, in good working order and in operation.
      1. A floating roof of an approved type. The Control equipment provided for in this paragraph shall not be used if the gasoline has a vapor press of 11.0 pounds per square inch absolute or greater under actual storage conditions. All tank gauging and sampling devices shall be gas tight except when gauging of sampling is taking place.
      2. A vapor recovery system, of efficiency equivalent to a floating roof meeting the requirements of a) above, consisting of a vapor gathering system capable of collecting the gasoline vapors and gases discharged, and a vapor disposal system capable of processing such gasoline vapors and gases so as to prevent their emissions to the atmosphere and with all tank gauging and sampling devices gas tight except when gauging or sampling is taking place.
      3. Other equipment of equal efficiency, provided such equipment is submitted to and approved by the Air Pollution Control Officer.