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vapor -- Regulatory Advisory for Enhanced Vapor Recovery on Aboveground Storage Tanks and Regulatory Advisory Frequently Asked Questions Flyer Posted: 28 Feb 2014 11:56:13
The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) staff has issued a Regulatory Advisory related to the upcoming July 1, 2014, deadline for existing Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST) to upgrade to Phase I Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR). The Regulatory Advisory will provide relief from Phase I EVR requirements for many ASTs. AST owners and operators can refer to the nine step process in the AST EVR Regulatory Advisory to determine whether relief is provided for their AST. All existing AST owners and operators are advised to check with the appropriate air districts to verify the compliance status of their ASTs. The AST EVR Regulatory Advisory along with the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions flyer are available on ARB's website: http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/vapor.htm. For further information about the AST EVR Regulatory Advisory or ARBís AST EVR program, visit http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/vapor.htm or call 916-327-0900. Background: In 2008, the Board adopted EVR standards to reduce air pollution from AST. Owners and operators of AST are required to install EVR equipment to reduce the emission of gasoline vapors caused by daily changes in ambient temperature and exposure to sunlight (Standing Loss Control, or SLC) as well as vapors that are emitted during the transfer of gasoline from the cargo tanker to the AST (Phase I) and then from the AST to the motor vehicle (Phase II). Under the statewide regulation, new AST have been required to have SLC equipment since April 1, 2009, and Phase I equipment since July 1, 2010. For existing AST located in state ozone non-attainment areas, SLC has been required since April 1, 2013, and Phase I equipment will be required by July 1, 2014. Installation deadlines for Phase II equipment have not yet been established due to a lack of certified equipment. Based on recent analysis, ARB staff has determined that in some situations the costs associated with implementation of Phase I equipment are higher than originally anticipated, particularly for AST with low gasoline throughput which are in many cases located in rural areas. To allow for more cost-effective implementation of AST EVR requirements, ARB staff will ask the Board at a public hearing scheduled for November 2014 to consider regulatory amendments that would exempt certain ASTs from compliance with SLC and Phase I requirements. Prior to the November Board Hearing, ARB staff will hold a series of public workshops to explain the basis for the proposed regulatory amendments and seek public comment. In the interim, to ensure that owners/operators do not unnecessarily expend funds to upgrade ASTs that may ultimately be exempt under the amendments that ARB staff will be proposing, ARB will request air districts to not enforce the July 1, 2014 compliance deadline for those AST owners/operators who may not be required to comply under the nine step process laid out in the AST EVR Regulatory Advisory. California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.