PLACER COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 901 - AIRBORNE BENZENE CONTROL MEASURE, ETC.
(Adopted 4/4/89)

                           

                               REGULATION 9


                          TOXIC AIR CONTAMINANTS

                                    

                                 CONTENTS

PART 1.0  GENERAL


     1.1  PURPOSE

     1.2  APPLICABILITY

     1.3  THROUGHPUT DETERMINATION

     1.4  EXEMPTIONS


PART 2.0  DEFINITIONS


     2.1  ARB CERTIFIED VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM

     2.2  PHASE I VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM

     2.3  PHASE II VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM

     2.4  GASOLINE DISPENSING FACILITY

     2.5  EXISTING GASOLINE DISPENSING FACILITY

     2.6  MODIFIED GASOLINE DISPENSING FACILITY

     2.7  NEW GASOLINE DISPENSING FACILITY

     2.8  GASOLINE

     2.9  THROUGHPUT

     2.10 LEAK FREE

     2.11 VAPOR TIGHT


PART 3.0  STANDARDS


     3.1  TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS

     3.2  EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

     3.3  PROHIBITION OF USE

     3.4  POSTING OF OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS


PART 4.0  ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS


     4.1  COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE             

     

     PART 1.0  GENERAL


1.1  Purpose


     To comply with Health and Safety Code Section 93101, by

     reducing benzene emissions from gasoline dispensing

     facilities.



1.2  Applicability


     1.2.1          This rule shall apply to any new or modified

                    gasoline dispensing facility, or to any

                    existing gasoline dispensing facility with an

                    annual throughput of 480,000 gallons or

                    greater1,2.



1.3  Throughput Determination



     1.3.1          The annual throughput at an existing gasoline

                    dispensing facility shall be determined

                    initially from actual operations within the

                    three-year period immediately preceding April

                    4, 1989, and subsequently thereafter on the

                    anniversary date of the Permit to Operate.



1.4  Exemptions



     The provisions of this rule shall not apply to:



     1.4.1     The transfer of gasoline into motor vehicle fuel

               tanks from existing gasoline dispensing facilities

               with annual throughputs exclusively less than

               480,000 gallons.



     1.4.2     Facilities which exclusively refuel motor vehicle

               tanks with a capacity of 5 gallons or less.



     1.4.3     Facilities which exclusively refuel vehicles which

               are not motor vehicles as defined by the California

               Vehicle Code.



PART 2.0  DEFINITIONS



2.1  ARB Certified Vapor Recovery System - means a vapor recovery

     system which has been certified by the California Air

     Resources Board (ARB) pursuant to Section 41954 of the Health

     and Safety Code.



2.2  Phase I Vapor Recovery System - means a gasoline vapor

     recovery system which recovers vapors during the transfer of

     gasoline from delivery vessels into stationary storage

     containers.



2.3  Phase II Vapor Recovery System - means a gasoline vapor

     recovery system which recovers vapors during the fueling of

     motor vehicles from stationary storage containers.



2.4  Gasoline Dispensing Facility - means any stationary facility

     which transfers gasoline from one or more stationary storage

     containers through one or more fill nozzles directly into the

     fuel tanks of motor vehicles.



Footnotes:



1 -  For the Sacramento Valley and Mountain Counties Air Basin

     portions of Placer County, the Rule reads: "located anywhere

     in the Sacramento Valley or Mountain Counties Air Basin

     portion of Placer County."

2 -  For the Lake Tahoe Air Basin portion of Placer County, the

     Rule reads: "located anywhere in the Lake Tahoe Air Basin

     portion of Placer County."



2.5  Existing Gasoline Dispensing Facility - means any stationary

     facility operating or under construction as of April 4, 1989.



2.6  Modified Gasoline Dispensing Facility - means any stationary

     facility which is replacing or adding one or more stationary

     storage containers, or which excavates 50% or more of the

     total underground liquid piping from the stationary storage

     containers to the gasoline dispensers.



2.7  New Gasoline Dispensing Facility - means any stationary

     facility which is not constructed or under construction as of

     April 4, 1989.



2.8  Gasoline - is defined as any organic liquid including

     petroleum distillates and methanol having a Reid vapor

     pressure of 4 pounds or greater and used as a motor vehicle

     fuel or any fuel commonly or commercially known as gasoline.



2.9  Throughput -  means the volume of gasoline dispensed at a

     facility.



2.10 Leak Free - shall mean a liquid leak of less than 4 drops per

     minute.



2.11 Vapor Tight - shall mean a vapor leak of less than 100% of the

     lower explosive limit on a combustible gas detector measured

     at a distance of 1 inch from the source.



PART 3.0  STANDARDS



3.1  Transfer Requirements.  A person shall not transfer or permit

     the transfer of gasoline from a stationary storage container

     into any motor vehicle fuel tank with a capacity of greater

     than 5 gallons unless such transfer is made through a fill

     nozzle which captures the gasoline vapors displaced by the

     transfer and directs them through the nozzle to a system,

     certified by the California Air Resources Board, that will

     prevent at least 95% by weight of such gasoline vapors from

     entering the atmosphere.



3.2  Equipment Maintenance.  A person shall not transfer, or permit

     the transfer, or provide equipment for the transfer, of

     gasoline from a stationary storage container subject to the

     provisions of Section 3.1 into any motor vehicle fuel tank of

     greater than 5 gallons unless:



     3.2.1     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



     3.2.2     The equipment subject to this rule is operated and

               maintained with none of the following defects,

               pursuant to the definitions in California Code of

               Regulations Section 94006, Subchapter 8, Chapter 1,

               Part III, of Title 17:



          a.   Absence or disconnection of any component required

               to be used in the system as certified by the

               California Air Resources Board;



          b.   A vapor hose which is crimped or flattened such

               that the vapor passage is blocked;



          c.   A nozzle boot which is torn in one or more of the

               following manners:



               1)   Triangular-shaped or similar tear 1/2-inch or

                    greater to a side, or hole 1/2-inch or greater

                    in diameter or,



               2)   Slit 1-inch or greater in length.          

               

               d.   Faceplate or flexible cone which is damaged in the

               following manner:



               1)   For balance nozzles and for aspirator assist

                    type nozzles, tears or separation resulting in

                    improper interface seal for an additive 1/4 of

                    the circumference of the faceplate;



               2)   For vacuum assist type nozzles, greater than

                    1/4 of the flexible cone missing;



          e.   Nozzle shutoff mechanisms which malfunction in any

               manner;



          f.   Vapor return lines, including such components as

               swivels, anti-recirculation valves and underground

               piping, which malfunction or are blocked;



          g.   Vapor processing device which is inoperative or

               severely malfunctioning;



          h.   Vacuum producing device which is inoperative or

               severely malfunctioning;



          i.   Pressure/vacuum relief valves, vapor check valves,

               or dry breaks which are inoperative;



          j.   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;



          k.   Any improper or non California Air Resources Board

               certified equipment or components.



3.3  Prohibition of Use



     Whenever the Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) determines

     that a Phase II vapor recovery system, or any component

     thereof, contains a defect specified by the California Air

     Resources Board pursuant to Section 41960.2(c) of the Health

     and Safety Code or specified in Section 3.2 of this rule, the

     APCO or his delegate 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 APCO or his delegate has reinspected it or has

     authorized its use pending reinspection.



3.4  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.



PART  4.0 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS



4.1  Compliance Schedule.  For purposes of this section, the

     following compliance schedule shall apply:



     4.1.1     The owner or operator of any new gasoline

               dispensing facility subject to Section 3.1 shall

               comply with the provisions of this section at the

               time gasoline is first dispensed from the facility.



     4.1.2     The owner or operator of any modified gasoline

               dispensing facility subject to Section 3.1 shall

               comply with the provisions of this section upon

               completion of the modification.



     4.1.3     The owner or operator of an existing gasoline

               dispensing facility subject to Section 3.1 with an

               annual gasoline throughput of 480,000 gallons or

               greater shall secure all permits and other

               approvals necessary for installation of the

               equipment required by Section 3.1 no later than

               April 4, 1990.  The owner or operator shall have

               all required equipment in place and operating in

               compliance with Part 3.0 no later than April 4,

               1991.



     4.1.4     The owner or operator of a previously exempt

               gasoline dispensing facility, where the operation

               or throughput has changed such that the exemption

               is no longer applicable, shall be subject to

               Section 3.1, and secure all permits and other

               approvals necessary for installation of the

               equipment required by Section 3.1 no later than 12

               months from the first day the facility is

               determined to be no longer exempt from Section 3.1. 

               The owner or operator shall comply with provisions

               of Part 3.0 no later than 24 months from the first

               day the facility is determined to be no longer

               exempt from Section 3.1 of this rule.