Author Archives: B. Harmon

TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery

TCEQ have filed revisions to Chapter 115 with the Chief Clerk that will eliminate stage II Vapor Recovery systems on new UST installations and allow existing locations to remove the Stage II Vapor Recovery systems. These revisions have to be approved by the commission before being submitted to the Texas Register for public comment. Typically they will be adopted by the commission 20 days after they are submitted to the Texas Register.

Texas has also submitted a revised State Implementation Plan with the EPA. Upon EPA Approval and adoption by the commission the revisions will be made to Chapter 115.

To view the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115 click here. Keep in mind that they may change due to public comment, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

UPDATE: The commission will hold public hearings on this proposal at the following locations, all hearings will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso Public Library, Auditorium, located at 501 N. Oregon;

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Beaumont, Texas, at the TCEQ Region 10 Office, located at 3870 Eastex Freeway;

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Houston, Texas, at the Houston Galveston Area Council, 2nd Floor Room A, located at 3555 Timmons;

Monday, June 3, 2013 – Arlington, Texas, in the Arlington City Council Chamber, located at 101 W. Abram Street;

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Austin Texas, at the TCEQ Central Office, Building E, Room 201.

Cal/EPA has released an Alternative Fuels Guidance Document

California EPA has released a Guidance Document covering specific requirements for alternative fuels storage, handling and use in California. The document contains requirements for SWRCB, CARB and the State Fire Marshal regarding E15 to E85, B5 to B100, CNG, LNG, LPG and others.

If you have an existing this guidance document can help you identify the requirements of various agencies and the regulations to keep your system in compliance.   If you are planning to install an alternate fueling system, this guidance document will help show you the agencies and regulation requirements for the your system.

If you have any questions about this guidance document or need any help you can contact Tait Environmental Services at 800-426-2464.

EPA Upgrade Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks

The EPA upgrade deadline is January 10th, 2011 for all Gasoline Dispensing Facilities in the United States. The requirements will help reduce gasoline vapors release into the air during delivery and fueling activities at the station. Here is a summary of the regulation and details of the requirements for your location. If you have any questions contact your Regional EPA Air Toxics office or call Tait Environmental Services at 800-426-2464.