SACRAMENTO METROPOLITAN AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 449 - TRANSFER OF GASOLINE INTO VEHICLE FUEL TANKS
(Adopted 2-5-75; Amended 9-15-75, 6-1-76, 8-3-77, 9-29-87, 12-17-91, 2-2-95, 4-3-97)


INDEX

100 GENERAL

200 DEFINITIONS

300 STANDARDS

400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

500 MONITORING AND RECORDS


100 GENERAL

101 PURPOSE: To limit the emission of gasoline vapor into the atmosphere when motor vehicle fuel tanks are filled.

110 EXEMPTION, DISPENSING EQUIPMENT FOR EMERGENCY MOTOR VEHICLES: The provisions of this rule shall not apply to dispensing equipment that is used exclusively for the fueling of emergency motor vehicles while on location at an emergency.

111 EXEMPTION, DISPENSING EQUIPMENT FOR ODD CONFIGURATION: The provisions of this rule shall not apply to dispensing equipment that is used exclusively for the fueling of motor vehicles where the motor vehicle fill-neck configuration, location, or other design feature prevents compliance with Section 301 when the motor vehicles are fueled with booted vapor recovery nozzles that are part of a balance phase II recovery systems.

112 EXEMPTION, DISPENSING EQUIPMENT FOR IMPLEMENTS OF HUSBANDRY: The provisions of this rule shall not apply to dispensing equipment which is used primarily for the fueling of implements of husbandry as such vehicles are defined in Division 16 (Section 36000 et seq) of the California Vehicle Code, if such container is equipped with a permanent submerged fill pipe.

113 EXEMPTION, GASOLINE DISPENSING EQUIPMENT WITH ONE NOZZLE: The provisions of Section 306 shall not apply to gasoline dispensing equipment with no more than one nozzle per tank.

200 DEFINITIONS

201 BACKGROUND: A reading as methane on a portable hydrocarbon detection instrument which is determined at least three (3) meters upwind from the affected device to be inspected and uninfluenced by any specific emission point.

202 DELIVERY VESSEL: Any motor vehicle used for the transportation of gasoline.

203 EMERGENCY: An unforeseen combination of circumstances that calls for immediate action to prevent further injury, loss of life or damage to property.

204 EMERGENCY MOTOR VEHICLE: A motor vehicle used for fire fighting purposes.

205 EXISTING VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM: A vapor recovery system for which the owner or operator has received an Authority to Construct or a Permit to Operate on or before February 2, 1995.

206 GASOLINE: Any petroleum distillate having a Reid vapor pressure of 4 pounds per square inch or greater as determined by a method specified in Section 501.1.

207 HOLD-OPEN LATCHES: A hold-open latch is any device permanently attached to a gasoline dispensing nozzle for the purpose of providing a continuous flow of gasoline after the operator has started the flow, without the operator's continued assistance.

208 INTERMEDIATE FUELLER: A delivery vessel used to dispense gasoline directly to a motor vehicle fuel tank.

209 LEAK FREE: A liquid leak of less than three drops per minute.

210 MOTOR VEHICLE: Any vehicle which is self-propelled and operates on a highway.

211 NEW VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM: A vapor recovery system for which the owner or operator receives an Authority to Construct after February 2, 1995.

212 VAPOR TIGHT: A condition under which the concentration of total organic compounds, measured 0.4 inch (1 centimeter) from any source, does not exceed 10,000 ppm (expressed as propane) above background, as determined by a method specified in Section 501.2.

300 STANDARDS

301 VAPOR RECOVERY REQUIRED: A person shall not transfer, or permit the transfer of, gasoline from a stationary storage container or delivery vessel with a capacity of 250 gallons or more into any motor vehicle fuel tank with a capacity of 5 gallons or more unless the displaced gasoline vapors or gases are processed by a vapor recovery system that shall prevent emission to the atmosphere of at least 95%, by weight of the hydrocarbon vapors displaced from the motor vehicle fuel tank during the transfer of gasoline into the fuel tank. The vapor recovery system may collect displaced vapors for reprocessing or destruction and it must be certified by the California Air Resources Board.

302 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 301 into any motor vehicle fuel tank of 5 gallons or more capacity unless:

303 PROHIBITION OF USE: Whenever a Phase II vapor recovery system, or any component thereof, contains a defect specified by the Air Resources Board pursuant to Section 41960.2(c) of the Health and Safety Code or specified in Section 302 of this rule, the Air Pollution Control Officer 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 has reinspected it or has authorized its use pending reinspection.

304 POSTING OF OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: The operator of each retail facility utilizing a Phase II system shall conspicuously post in the gasoline dispensing area operating instructions for the system and the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District's or the California Air Resources Board's telephone number for complaints. The instructions shall clearly describe how to fuel motor vehicles correctly with vapor recovery nozzles utilized at the station, and shall include a warning that topping off may result in spillage or recirculation of gasoline.

305 HOLD OPEN LATCHES: All gasoline dispensing nozzles subject to Section 301 shall be equipped with hold open latches unless the usage of the hold open latch is prohibited by the local fire Marshall.

306 TEST REQUIREMENTS FOR VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEM:

400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

401 COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE:

Except for those vapor recovery systems whose owner or operator has submitted results of tests performed on or after February 2, 1994 by March 6, 1995 the compliance schedule for the owner or operator of a vapor recovery system subject to the requirements of Section 306.1.a or Section 306.2.a is as follows:

500 MONITORING AND RECORDS

501 TESTING PROCEDURE:

502 RECORDKEEPING: