July 15, 2011 | Vol. 61, No. 15
|Dear PEI Member:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that would set June 30, 2013, as the date when onboard vapor recovery (ORVR) technologies would be in "widespread use," clearing the way for removal of Stage II vapor recovery systems. The proposal was signed by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on July 8 and published in the Federal Register today.
Under the CAA section 182(b)(3), Stage II vapor recovery systems are required to be used at larger gasoline dispensing facilities located in Serious, Severe and Extreme ozone nonattainment areas. Within 24 months from the effective date of the initial designation and classification, states had to adopt a Stage II program into their State Implementation Plans (SIPs), and controls had to be installed according to specified deadlines following state rule adoption.
However, the CAA provides discretionary authority to the EPA Administrator, by rule, to revise or waive the section 182(b)(3) Stage II requirement after the administrator determines that ORVR is in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet. EPA began the phase-in of ORVR in 1998. Currently, ORVR-equipped vehicles comprise 64 percent of the in-service fleet nationwide and account for around 74 percent of the vehicle miles traveled in the nationwide fleet.
Based on EPA's evaluation of the available data and appropriate criteria for determining that widespread use of ORVR has occurred, EPA is proposing a determination of widespread ORVR use and a general waiver of the section 182(b)(3) requirement effective nationwide, on June 30, 2013. If promulgated, it would apply to any area that currently requires a Stage II program under section 182(b)(3). It is important to remember that states must file a revised SIP in order to remove Stage II requirements.
EPA also proposes that individual states―with or without existing Stage II programs―may separately submit SIP revisions to EPA that demonstrate that ORVR widespread use has occurred―or will occur―on a date earlier than June 30, 2013, for any areas in their states, and request that the EPA revise or waive the section 182(b)(3) requirement as it applies to only those areas.
EPA's proposal also provides that:
EPA will accept comments through September 13. PEI is reviewing the proposal and will submit comments.
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