EPA amends HAPs rule for gasoline terminals, bulk plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for gasoline distribution bulk terminals, bulk plants, pipeline facilities, and other gasoline dispensing facilities. The rule changes took effect January 24.

Key changes made by EPA included exclusion of denatured alcohol and transmix from the rule. Bulk plants handling less than 20,000 gallons of gasoline a day are now excluded from the rule. Sumps, such as butane blending sample recovery tanks and oil/water separators have been excluded from the rule. Regulators also clarified that seal requirements don’t apply to internal floating roofs in gasoline storage tanks.

The HAPs rule for gasoline distribution bulk terminals, bulk plants, pipeline facilities, and other gasoline dispensing facilities was issued in January 2008 and amended in March 2008. Compliance statements for facilities covered under the rule were due January 10, 2011.

Among requirements in the gasoline HAP National Emission Standards, storage tanks must be tested for vapor tightness within 180 days of being placed in service. In addition, cargo tanks loaded at gasoline storage facilities must comply with EPA’s Method 27 for vapor tightness.

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