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Indiana Comment Period Open Re: Removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery Equipment

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has published a First Notice of Comment Period concerning amendments to Indiana’s rules related to Stage II gasoline vapor-recovery system requirements. The amendments would remove Stage II requirements and references from the rules in a manner consistent with U.S. EPA guidance.

U.S. EPA has determined that emission reductions from ORVR are essentially equal to and will soon surpass the emission reductions achieved by Stage II requirements. U.S. EPA has, therefore, waived the requirement for states to implement Stage II gasoline vapor recovery systems at gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) in nonattainment areas classified as Serious and above for the ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

IDEM is requesting comment on the phase-out of the state’s Stage II requirements, in particular as they relate to newly constructed or reconstructed gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) and GDFs that replace equipment.

This rulemaking will amend rules concerning permitting by rule for specific source categories, including gasoline dispensing operations at 326 IAC 2-11-2, and rules concerning petroleum sources, including GDFs, at 326 IAC 8-4-6. Specifically, Stage II requirements and references will be removed from the rules in a manner consistent with U.S. EPA guidance. IDEM is requesting comment on the phase out of state Stage II requirements, in particular as it relates to newly constructed or reconstructed GDFs and GDFs conducting equipment replacement.

The comment period deadline is January 11, 2013. Additional information regarding this action may be obtained from Ryan Knapick, Rule and State Implementation Plan Development Section, Office of Air Quality, (317) 232-8229 or (800) 451-6027 (in Indiana).