Motorists accustomed to filling up at gas pumps with vapor-collecting attachments on the nozzles could be in for a change. Those nozzles belong to Stage II vapor-recovery systems, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled no longer cost-effectively cut air pollution. EPA estimates eliminating Stage II systems will save gas stations $3,000 each year.
The EPA ruled that Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR)—technology included in all new vehicles sold since 2006—captures gas vapors during refueling and will soon surpass emission reductions delivered by Stage II systems alone. Many states are seeking EPA approval to decommission their Stage II, which involves properly shutting down the Stage II equipment that collects gas vapor and transfers it to the underground storage tanks. Stage II hanging hardware must be replaced with conventional hanging hardware.
Husky Corp. has developed a preassembled solution that allows fuel marketers to replace the old hose assembly in one step with conventional hardware. “Customers asked us to develop this professionally assembled package to make the decommissioning project as easy as possible,” said Husky Executive Vice President Brad Baker. (CSP Daily News: www.cspnet.com)