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Operator Training TX Classroom Courses 2015

2015 Texas A/B UST Operator Training

Register Now for your Refresher TX AB UST Operator Training Course

Next Upcoming Class: Abilene on June 16th Register Online or call 972-680-5120

Here is the current schedule of the date/s that are available for Texas AB Operator Classroom Training Sessions.

This Calendar was updated 6/24/2015, and lists the Dates and Locations of our planned UST Operator Training courses* – and shows Availability 

* If a class has been scheduled, but less than 10 attendees have registered within 72 hours of the class date, that class will be cancelled, and registrants will be moved to the next available date for UST Operator Training in their area.

Don’t see your city on the schedule? It probably will be or is a private class. Austin? Houston? Crockett? Others?

We also provide private classes and will come to your location for groups of 20 or more, or possibly with a minimum of 15 students if you are providing the location/facility and drinks/snacks/lunch for the class. Please call me to reserve a date or if you have any questions about the Texas A/B UST Operator Training: Melanie Nelson 214-531-9377 or you can email me at mnelson@tait.com.

The Deadline is Approaching

Most UST Operators were trained by the Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – DEADLINE. The course must be re-taken every three years. To secure their re-training session, many companies are beginning to schedule their Classroom Training dates even though they have months left before their deadline. We are happy to add additional classes, and are currently collecting contact information from individuals so that when we have enough for a class, we will schedule one. Please email mnelson@tait.com with your Name, Email Address, and Phone Number, along with the number of people that will be attending with you (and their contact info if you have it).  Contact us for details and to schedule a Texas A/B UST Operator classroom training session. Don’t wait for your UST Operator Training Certificate to Expire, REGISTER NOW
TX UST Operator Classroom Training Testimonials

TCEQ Publishes Changes Coming for Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems

The TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality‘s publication The Advocate – writing for and about small businesses and local governments affected by environmental regulations published this update regarding the removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery equipment. The rules are written, but are awaiting approval by the EPA. Removal will not begin until a minimum of 30 days after approval. Even with approval to remove the equipment, costs may restrict many owner/operators of fuel dispensing facilities to retain the equipment they have.

TCEQ Publication "The Advocate" for and about small business and local governments affected by environmental regulationsWhen the Federal Clean Air Act was written, it prescribed stage II vapor recovery systems be used until onboard vapor recovery canisters on vehicles were in widespread use. EPA has determined that onboard canisters on vehicles are now in widespread use, which will allow states to develop a procedure for removing or decommissioning stage II systems. The procedure must be approved by the EPA.

The TCEQ has completed revising the rules and they are being reviewed by the EPA. Decommissioning may not begin until 30 days after the EPA approves the modified TCEQ rules. We have been working closely with EPA in this process and we expect the EPA to approve the TCEQ rules sometime in the first half of 2014. In the meantime, you must maintain Stage II vapor recovery system equipment and testing.

Information will be sent to all owners and operators when the EPA approves the TCEQ rules. The updated information will be available online.

You can receive updates by e-mail: on the TCEQ home page, click on “sign up for e-mail updates” and after logging in, click on “Regulatory Announcements for Small Businesses and Local Governments.”

If you have any questions about Stage II Vapor Recovery requirements in Texas or other states, Contact Us to learn more. Our Regulatory Affairs Manager, Brian Harmon is a subject matter expert and will be happy to help answer questions or address scenarios where you may want to make changes at your facilities. TAIT has experience at all levels with Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems.

Previous Blogs:

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery

Has Your State Waived Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements?

TAIT Preps for NACS/PEI Show – Starting This Weekend!

Are you attending the PEI Convention OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013 at the NACS Show? Come see TAIT  in booth #4552!

This weekend, TAIT associates Melanie Nelson, Al Throckmorton and Dennis Tweedy head to Atlanta, Georgia from around the country to meet with more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Last year’s event the NACS Show 2012, was great and we expect this year’s turnout and events to be even better!

A few events we are looking forward to and hope to see you at are:

PEI Events

PEI After-Hours Lounge – Saturday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Sunday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Westin Peachtree Plaza, Lobby Bar PEI’s After-Hours Lounge is the perfect place to come and unwind after a day at the show. Catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones before venturing off to dinner or nightlife in Atlanta.

PEI’s Membership Breakfast

PEI Industry Reception – Monday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – GWCC, Building B, Level 2 Concourse, top of escalators outside of Fuel Equipment & Services area The PEI Industry Reception is the number one networking event of the week! This event provides the best opportunity to socialize with PEI friends while enjoying complimentary food, live music and beverages. Your PEI badge is your ticket. No extra charge to attend.  

Here is PEI’s full Schedule of Events

Here is NACS full Schedule of Events

NACS Show Kickoff Party

Sunday Funday

NACS Closing General Session featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

Contact us to learn more about what TAIT has to offer, or meet us at NACS! Reach out for a tour, we’ll be happy to show you around.

Successful Designated Operator Program – Contact us to Request a Presentation

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the “O&A” Oil &Automotive Marketing News – for presenting “Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program” at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5. Here are images from the article:

Newspaper Cover Image

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

Article Title

54th Annual Pacific Oil Conference Heading for L.A. Live

Article Title Page - Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

 

 

Tim featured in the article

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the O&A Marketing News

Tim’s Title Slide

Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Example Slide from the Presentation

Common Errors and Omissions

Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

 
Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

To request this presentation at your event, contact Tim Ericsen. For any questions about our DUSTO program and the similar Operator Inspections TAIT performs throughout the US, contact us today! TAIT is pleased to serve you in either capacity, and we do much more.

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

Visit Tait Environmental Services if you are local to, or traveling and will be in the Dallas area.

Have a question about TAIT’s services? Call the Dallas office and stop by to say hello! We enjoy having visitors and for people to swing by when they are in the area. Here are a few pictures I’ve collected with some of the TAIT associates from around the country that stopped by to visit our office.

Here are some pictures from visits to the office. Notice our Goals and Values Statements on the wall in the background. One of the things I love best about TAIT is that they stand by and live out daily these goals and values – they’re more than just a statement of what should be.

Melanie Nelson, Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Melanie with Chuck and Tim from the Santa Ana office.

 

Andy Tait with Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Andy with Chuck and Tim, in town from California for client meetings.

In order of appearance: Melanie Nelson is the Business Development & Technology Solutions, currently focusing on a SharePoint 2013 rollout and is located in Dallas, Texas.  Chuck Bentley heads up the Designated Operator program on the West coast for one of our national clients. Underground tank inspections and routine AST site inspections are part of the programmatic work that TAIT does. Our technicians visit UST and AST sites during the month performing routine inspections, testing, repairs, and more. Tim Ericsen is the COO of Tait Environmental Services (TES), and recently was one of the speakers at the Pacific Oil Conference. Andy Tait is a Director at TES in our Dallas office. With a remediation background, he is currently busy on many new construction c-store fueling system installs.

See TAIT at PEI / NACS – Atlanta, Oct 12-15

Come see TAIT  in booth #4552 at the PEI 2014 CONVENTION OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. In 2012, the NACS Show attracted more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and looks forward to them each year. One funny thing from last year was that my suit matched the carpet. No, really. I’ll add the picture below. Come visit us in Booth #4552!

Melanie matched the Carpet

Usually Melanie stands out in her Bright Red suit…

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

The TCEQ has been busy hearing public comments all over the state last week and this week. Did you submit comments?

The only comment I have heard so far from our Regulatory Affairs Manager is

115.241(b)(4) – Add TXP-101 as a test requirement. Some vapor space manifolds may have been achieved through the Vapor Return piping. One of the current proposed requirements is to disconnect the vapor return piping from the UST.

Take a look at the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115, and let us know your thoughts. Keep in mind that they may change after hearing the public comments, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

Resources:

If you have any questions, contact Brian Harmon and get the dialogue going. TAIT has extensive experience in installing and removing VR equipment, as our largest branches are in California and we have the experience of operating under many of the stricter EPA guidelines for years. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

Inventive TAIT Employee Creates own Tools

One inventive TAIT employee, Tim Norman, found that he needed something different to do his job, so he created it!

Tim Norman with the tool he designed and built

Tim Norman is a Certified Tank Installer and Remover and acts as the B Operator for many of our UST clients in Texas. He joined TAIT in 2012, and boy are we glad to have him! Tim is certified as a Texas A&B Supervisor, B Operator in Texas and Louisiana, with Pneumercator, INCON, has HAZWOPER, the list goes on, and says what he enjoys most about the job/working for TAIT is his boss in California 🙂

Tim determined the need for this tool when he had to remove a 250 pound lid with a screw driver and pry bar. Entrepreneurial and a do-it-yourself kinda guy by nature, rather than requesting a new tool, he designed one himself! This is just one of the many reasons we are so proud to call Tim part of our TAIT team.

Tim Norman, Texas B Operator for USTs

If you see Tim driving around within a few hours of the Dallas metroplex while you are out and about, wave or say hi! We love meeting people out in the field.

Has Your State Waived Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements?

Has Your State Waived Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements? Because recent models of most vehicles include vapor recovery technology in the cars and trucks themselves, EPA is allowing states that can demonstrate widespread fleet turnover to remove from their State Implementation Plans Stage II vapor recovery requirements for gasoline-dispensing facilities once state regulations are repealed.

A little history: Stage II vapor recovery is one of the tools states could use in order to attain and maintain air quality standards required by Part C or Title I of the Clean Air Act of 1990. The Stage II Vapor Recovery system was required to be installed in non-attainment areas that did not meet the state and federal air quality standards.

In vehicles that do not have an ORVR system, a Stage II Vapor Recovery system installed on the fuel dispensers is an important thing for anyone who pumps gas to consider. Before awareness was brought to the dangers of these toxic vapors escaping into the atmosphere, there were no measures taken to contain the vapors and dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. Eventually, a method was developed that let the vapors flow back into the gasoline pump as the gas pumped into a vehicle. This development signified great progress but soon became unnecessary as cars become more technologically advanced and were able to treat these vapors themselves.

In 1994, automobile manufacturers were required ito install an ORVR system for the vehicles sold in the United States. ORVR Implementation was broken down into four phases starting with Light Duty Vehicles (LDVs) and ending in 2004 Heavier-Light Duty Trucks (LDTs).

Now, we are looking at regulation changes: As of May 16, 2012 the EPA waived the requirement for states to implement Stage II Vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities. For a state-with the EPA’s approval-to revoke this regulation they must request to remove the program from their State Implementation Plan (SIP). The reason for this change is that the majority of cars that were built after 1996 have the means to safely control the vapor so it does not escape into the environment. Many of these states require pre-established gas pumps to keep the old technology but allow new or renovated gas pumps to forgo this extra amenity.

Due to the changing regulations, there is a need to constantly be aware of what each of the states, and in some instances local agencies, are requiring. The list below has been compiled to show the status of each state, and we have linked to the state websites and actual documentation where possible so you may review data from the source:

Alabama       Updated 9/13/12

Alabama has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules.

Alaska     Updated 9/13/12

We do not have information at this time.

Arizona     Updated 9/13/12

Arizona has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. The Stage II vapor recovery program is implemented by the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures.

California     Updated 9/14/12

California has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) still requires the operation of stage II vapor recovery systems throughout the state.  They are expected to keep this regulation until 2020-2030.

Colorado     Updated 10/23/12

Colorado has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Stage II vapor recovery is not required in Colorado, but systems are used in certain isolated locations in this state.

Connecticut – YES     Updated 7/23/13

Connecticut has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules for newly constructed GDF as of 2/12/2012. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has found that the Stage II vapor recovery program is quickly becoming obsolete and soon will no longer provide air quality benefits. Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law June 18, 2013, that allows gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) in the state to decommission Stage II vapor recovery systems provided the procedures outlined in PEI’s Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites (PEI/RP300-09) are followed. All GDFs must remove Stage II equipment on or before July 1, 2015.

DC     Updated 9/14/12

DC has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. When the EPA’s vapor recovery program was required, DC was subject to these regulations because they were a part of the Ozone Transport Region (OTR). DC adopted these regulations in November of 1992 and although the EPA has found that Stage II vapor recovery’s effectiveness is decreasing, DC still requires the systems to be maintained.

Delaware     Updated 9/13/12

Delaware has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Any gasoline dispensing facility that ever exceeds a throughput of greater than 10,000 gallons of gasoline will be subject to all the requirements of the Delaware regulation. This regulation requires a gasoline dispensing facility to maintain a Stage II vapor recovery system.

Florida     Updated 9/13/12

Florida has waived Stage II Installation requirements in their local rules. They do not require Stage II installation on facilities installed after 5/15/2007 in Palm beach county, Broward county, and Miami-Dade county.

Georgia     Updated 9/13/12

Georgia has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Currently Georgia’s Stage II gasoline vapor recovery rule prohibits any person from constructing or reconstructing a gasoline dispensing facility unless the “facility is equipped and operating with a vapor recovery system to recover the displacement vapors from the vehicle’s gasoline storage tank.” Rule 391-3-1-.02(2)(zz)(1). There are different requirements in the separate counties of Georgia. Knowledge on your area’s gasoline dispensing facility is key to understanding Georgia’s requirement. Current Georgia regulations can be found here.

Hawaii     Updated 10/23/12

Hawaii does not require Stage II vapor recovery controls.

Idaho     Updated 10/23/12

Idaho currently does not require Stage II vapor recovery controls.

Illinois     Updated 9/18/12

Illinois has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Any new station in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties, Oswego Township in Kendall County and Goose Lake and Aux Sable Townships in Grundy County with average sales of 10,000 gallons of gasoline per month or an existing station thats sales exceed 10,000 gallons of gasoline average per month must install and operate a Stage II vapor recovery system.

Indiana     Updated 9/13/12

Indiana has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. This state however, has passed a non-rule policy that Stage II vapor recovery requirements do not apply to used exclusively for dispensing E85 blended fuel.

Kansas     Updated 10/23/12

Stage II vapor recovery controls are not required in Kansas.

Kentucky     Updated 9/13/12

Kentucky has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Stage II controls are still required at gasoline dispensing facilities in Kentucky. 401 KAR 59:174 holds the official requirements for these facilities.

Louisiana     Updated 9/14/12

Louisiana has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Stage II vapor recovery controls are required in the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge. On March 3, 2008, LAC 33:111.2132.B.5’s ban on the dispensing of motor vehicle fuel without a “Stage II recovery system certified by CARB on or before March 31,2001” does not apply to segregated E85 dispensing systems which can only dispense E85 to vehicles.

Maine     Updated 9/13/12

Maine has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. As of November 5, 2008, Maine counties York, Cumberland, and Sagadahoc were required to operate a Stage II vapor recovery system if any gasoline dispensing facilities exceeded 1,000,000 gallons of output per year. In 2008, Maine law also enacted to repeal the recovery requirement for all gasoline facilities by January 1, 2012. (38 MRSA Section 585-E) They also exempted any facilities from this regulation if the facility exceeded the minimum threshold annual throughput or was constructed after June 30, 2008. As of April 3, 2011 Maine’s air rules require the removal of the Stage II system by January 1, 2012 as decreed by Chapter 118 in the rules.

Maryland     Updated 9/13/12

Maryland has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. They even require tests to be performed on the vapor recovery system ranging from every twelve months to every five years.

Massachusetts – YES     Updated 7/23/13

In 2009 the MassDEP amended 310 CMR 7.24 to exempt refueling facilities that dispense E85from Stage II requirements. On April 27, 2012, an amendment was proposed to 310 CMR 7.24(9) that facilities which refuel corporate and commercial fleets exclusively should be exempt from the Stage II requirements.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has decided to exercise its enforcement discretion to allow all motor vehicle GDFs to decommission their Stage II vapor recovery systems. Beginning July 1, 2013, facilities may decommission their Stage II systems, provided that the facility meets the conditions set forth in its June 21, 2013, enforcement discretion directive. The directive requires, among other things, that the GDFs decommission their Stage II systems according to PEI’s 2009 edition of PEI/RP300.
Michigan     Updated 9/18/12

Michigan has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. As of April 2011, the state requirements and the new federal rule do not require Stage II vapor balance systems.

Minnesota     Updated 10/23/12

Minnesota does not require Stage II vapor recovery; there are no designated ozone nonattainment areas in the state.

Mississippi     Updated 10/23/12

There are no ozone nonattainment areas in Mississippi that require Stage II vapor recovery.

Missouri     Updated 9/13/12

Missouri has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Stage II vapor recovery is required by Missouri Regulation 10 CSR 10-5.220.

Montana     Updated 10/23/12

Montana does not require Stage II vapor recovery because there are no designated nonattainment areas within the state.

Nebraska     Updated 10/23/12

Nebraska currently has no nonattainment areas and does not require Stage II vapor recovery.

Nevada     Updated 10/23/12

Stage II vapor recovery currently is required in Las Vegas and Reno counties.

New Hampshire     Updated 9/13/12

New Hampshire has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Rule 1404.17 exempts stations installed after 1/1/2012 and allows existing to remove Stage II by 12/22/2015.

New Jersey     Updated 9/18/12

New Jersey has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. A gasoline station may only be in operation if it is equipped with a vapor control system.

New Mexico     Updated 10/23/12

Donna Anna county is the only ozone nonattainment area that requires Stage II controls in New Mexico.

New York     Updated 9/13/12

New York has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is responsible for regulating gasoline vapor releases at gasoline dispensing sites and from gasoline transport vehicles. The counties of Suffolk, Nassau, Rockland, Westchester, and lower Orange, and New York City are required to maintain Stage II vapor recovery systems according to 6NYCRR Part 230. The owner or operator of each dispensing site is responsible for maintaining the equipment. Recently, the state of New York has found that the emission benefits of Stage II no longer justify the the cost of installing new systems or maintaining existing ones.  The DEC is currently working to repeal Stage II requirements.

North Carolina     Updated 9/13/12

North Carolina has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Title 15A, chapter 2 Subchapter 2D, section 900, rule 953 & 954 were repealed in 2009. These rules required a stage II VR to be installed. 2.0953 specifically applies to facilities located in Mecklenburg County. It states that any facility built after June 30, 1994 or if a new tank is added after that date it must comply with the regulations for vapor return piping for stage II vapor recovery. 2.0954 regulates the control of gasoline vapors at the vehicle fill-pipe during refueling operations. These rules were repealed on April 19, 2009.

North Dakota     Updated 10/23/12

There are no ozone non-attainment areas in North Dakota; the state does not require Stage II vapor recovery.

Ohio     Updated 9/13/12

Ohio has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. However, the Ohio EPA is working to waive the Stage II requirements.

Oklahoma     Updated 9/13/12

Oklahoma has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules.

Oregon     Updated 9/13/12

Oregon has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Though the state only requires these vapor recovery programs in the Portland metropolitan area (Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties).

Pennsylvania     Updated 9/13/12

Pennsylvania has waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. New law (Act-135), signed on July 5, 2012, requires review of compliance strategy. The Pennsylvania DEQ will not enforce Stage II VR requirements on new installations with the Stage II VR Regs due to increased throughput.

Rhode Island     Updated 9/14/12

Rhode Island has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Currently, Stage II vapor recovery controls are required for all gas stations that were constructed or substantially modified after Nov. 15, 1992. Gas stations built before that date that have or have had a monthly throughput of more than 10,000 gallons in any one month after Nov. 1991 also must comply.

South Carolina     Updated 10/23/12

South Carolina currently does not require Stage II vapor recovery controls.

South Dakota     Updated 10/23/12

South Dakota does not currently require Stage II vapor recovery controls.

Tennessee     Updated 9/13/12

Tennessee has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Gasoline dispensing facilities in Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties are required to maintain vapor recovery requirements if they sell more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline in any one month. Independent small business marketers of gasoline are only required to install Stage II vapor recovery controls if they sell 50,000 or more gallons of gasoline in any month. A Tennessee rule-1200-3-18-.24-(4)-requires for these systems to be tested for vapor tightness ever five years.

Texas     Updated 3/20/14

3/20/2014: The EPA approved the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) to decommission Stage II Vapor Recovery. The final rule is available at http://www.regulations.gov  Docket # EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0439. The effective date for this rule is 4/16/14.

1/21/2014: Texas published that the rules for Stage II Vapor Recovery equipment removal
have been written
, and are waiting on EPA approval. Removal may not begin until a minimum of 30 days after approval is received. The TCEQ approved the proposal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the requirement to implement Stage II in five counties near the Dallas – Fort Worth area; Ellis, Johnson, Parker, and Rockwall on April 11, 2012. On May 16, 2012 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) withdrew their proposed revision to the Stage II Vapor Recovery Program. Texas’ current Vapor Recovery Program does contain exemptions. For example, a facility that has never dispensed gasoline from stationary storage tanks is exempt from following the Stage II Vapor Recovery requirements.

Utah     Updated 10/23/12

Stage II vapor recovery controls are not required in Utah.

Vermont     Updated 9/13/12

Vermont has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. A law passed by Vermont Legislature (10 V.S.A. §583) in 2009 decreed that gasoline stations in Vermont will no longer be required to operate and maintain Stage II vapor controls by January 1, 2013. In many cases, Stage II will not need to be installed before January 1, 2013.

Virginia     Updated 9/13/12

Virginia has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. No proposals to waive the requirements have been seen. The only activity from Virginia legislature on the vapor recovery was in January of 1993 when Stage II was first implemented.

Washington     Updated 9/14/12

Washington has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Starting January 24, 1998, Stage II vapor recovery programs were mandatory in various counties of Washington state. These programs were required if the annual throughput exceeded 1.2 million gallons in Cowlitz and Thurston counties. In Kitsap county, if the annual throughput is greater than 840,000 gallons and in Clark, King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties if the throughput is more than 600,000 gallons, a Stage II system must be installed by December 31, 1998. Gasoline dispensing facilities in all counties must abide by the regulation if their throughput is over 1.5 million gallons and is close to a resident.

West Virginia     Updated 10/23/12

Stage II controls are currently not required in West Virginia.

Wisconsin     Updated 9/14/12

Wisconsin has not waived Stage II Installation requirements in local rules. Specifically, vapor recovery is required in Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, and Waukesha counties. The owner or operator of the gasoline dispensing facility is responsible for making sure the vapor recovery equipment is is working properly. There are exemptions available from this program for facilities that never dispense more than 10,000 non-retail, or 50,000 retail, gallons of gasoline per month.

Wyoming     Updated 10/23/12

Wyoming currently does not require Stage II vapor recovery controls.

Guam     Updated 9/13/12

We do not have information at this time.

Puerto Rico     Updated 9/13/12

We do not have information at this time.

Virgin Islands     Updated 9/13/12

We do not have information at this time.