Stage I Gasoline Vapor Recovery Overview
Gasoline dispensing facilities receive gasoline products in underground storage tanks (UST's) from vapor tight truck tanks. Pipes and valves interconnecting the UST's and truck tank create a "closed loop" (i.e. Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system). The Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system collects 96% of the vapors that would have otherwise been emitted to the atmosphere to form ozone, and returns them to the bulk gasoline terminal for processing.
Comply with Your Air Quality Permit
Permitted gasoline dispensing facilities must maintain their Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system. The following materials will help you ensure compliance.
Permit Issuance - New Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
A gasoline dispensing facility projecting to dispense more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline during a calendar year is required to obtain an air quality permit from Mecklenburg County Air Quality prior to beginning construction. The facility must submit the following:
Permit Transfer - Ownership/Legal Name Change at an Existing, Permitted Gasoline Dispensing Facility
An existing, permitted gasoline dispensing facility being sold to a new owner or operating under a new, legal name is required to obtain an air quality permit from MCAQ as soon as possible after the sale or name change is completed. The facility must submit the following:
- Completed S-3( PDF)(Word) application forms
- $100.00 application processing fee (per facility)
Mecklenburg County Air Quality
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