NORTHERN SIERRA AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 215 - PHASE II VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Adopted: September 11, 1991

  1. No owner or operator of a retail service station shall transfer, permit the transfer, or provide equipment for the transfer of gasoline from a stationary storage tank at a retail service station into a motor vehicle fuel tank unless an ARB-certified Phase II vapor recovery system is installed and used during transfer.
  2. Exemptions to Rule 215 A
    1. Phase I Exempted Tanks
      A transfer of gasoline from a stationary storage tank which is exempt from Phase I requirements pursuant to Rule 214 B .
    2. Facilities With Less than 480,000 Gallons Annual Output
      A transfer of gasoline from an existing retail service station with an annual gasoline throughput of 480,000 or fewer gallons. After the throughput exceeds 480,000 gallons this exemption shall expire on January 1 of the following year.
  3. Compliance Schedule
    1. 1988 Throughput in Excess of 480,000 Gallons
      If during calendar year 1988, the gasoline throughput from an existing retail service station meets or exceeds 480,000 gallons, the owner or operator of the retail service station shall:
      1. Immediately notify the Air Pollution Control Officer, in writing, in advance of the intended Phase II vapor recovery installation; and
      2. Secure all necessary permits and other approvals for the installation of the Phase II vapor recovery system within fifteen (15) months from December 15, 1988; and
      3. Install the Phase II vapor recovery system within two (2) years from December 15, 1988.
    2. Throughput in Excess of 480,000 Gallons After 1988
      If during any calendar year or portion of a calendar year after 1988, the gasoline throughput from an existing retail service station meets or exceeds 480,000 gallons, the exemption pursuant to Rule 215 B. 2 will expire. Upon expiration of this exemption the owner or operator of the retail service station shall:
      1. Immediately notify the Air Pollution Control Officer, in writing, in advance of the intended Phase II vapor recovery installation; and
      2. Secure all necessary permits and other approvals for the installation of the Phase II vapor recovery system within fifteen (15) months from the date the exemption expires; and
      3. Install the Phase II vapor recovery system within two (2) years from the date the exemption expires.
    3. New Retail Service Station
      The owner or operator of any new retail service station shall install and use an ARB-certified Phase II vapor recovery system at the time gasoline is first delivered to the facility.
    4. Tank Replacement
      At the time of tank replacement at an existing service station, an ARB-certified Phase II vapor recovery system shall be installed and used thereafter on all of the station's facilities, unless exempted by Rule 214.B (Phase I).
  4. Operation and Maintenance
    1. A person shall not transfer, permit the transfer, or provide equipment for the transfer of gasoline from a stationary storage tank subject to the provisions of Rule 215 A (Phase II) into any motor vehicle fuel tank unless:
      1. The vapor recovery system is operating in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and is maintained to be leak free, vapor tight, and in good working order; and
      2. The equipment subject to this rule is operated and maintained with none of the following defects, pursuant to the definitions in the California Code of Regulations, Section 94006, Subchapter 8, Chapter 1, Part III, of Title 17:
        1. Absence or disconnection of any component required to be used in the system as certified by the California Air Resources Board;
        2. A vapor hose which is crimped or flattened such that the vapor passage is blocked;
        3. A nozzle boot which is torn in one or more of the following manners:
          1. Triangular-shaped or similar tear 1/2 inch or more to a side, or hole 1/2 inch or more in diameter or;
          2. Slit 1 inch or more in length.
        4. Faceplate or flexible cone which is damaged in the following manner:
          1. For balance nozzles and for nozzles for aspirator and eductor assist type systems, damage shall be such that the capability to achieve a seal with a fill pipe interface is affected for 1/4 of the circumference of the faceplate (accumulated);
          2. For nozzles for vacuum assist type systems, more than 1/4 of the flexible cone is missing;
        5. Nozzle shutoff mechanisms which malfunction or are blocked;
        6. Vapor return lines, including such components as swivels, anti-recirculation valves and underground piping, which malfunction or are blocked;
        7. Vapor processing unit which is inoperative or severely malfunctioning;
        8. Vacuum producing device which is inoperative or severely malfunctioning;
        9. Pressure/vacuum relief valves, vapor check valves, or dry breaks which are inoperative;
        10. Any equipment defect which is identified in a California Air Resources Board system certification as substantially impairing the effectiveness of the system in reducing air contaminants.
      3. Posting of Operating Instructions
        The owner or operator of each gasoline dispensing facility requiring a Phase II vapor recovery system shall conspicuously post in the gasoline dispensing area operating instructions for the system and the District's or the Air Resources Board's telephone number for complaints. The instructions shall clearly describe how to fuel vehicles correctly with the vapor recovery nozzles, and shall include a warning that topping off may result in spillage or recirculation of gasoline.
  5. Defective Phase II Equipment - Prohibition of Use
    Whenever the Air Pollution Control Officer or his designee determines that a Phase II vapor recovery system, or any component thereof, contains a defect specified by the Air Resources Board pursuant to Rule 215 D. 1.a., 1.b , the Air Pollution Control Officer or his designee shall mark such system or component "Out of Order". No person shall use or permit the use of such marked component or system until it has been repaired, replaced, or adjusted as required to permit proper operation, and the Air Pollution Control Officer or his designee has reinspected it or has authorized its use pending reinspection.