Local affiliate of the Ohio EPA and Summit County Public Health: Serving Medina, Portage, and Summit Counties of Ohio
Gas Dispensing Facility Guidance
Guidance for changes to Stage II
Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDF)
A public or private facility where the transferring of gasoline into vehicle fuel tanks occurs. Through this process gasoline vapors are released through the input of gasoline from one tank to another, be it underground storage or an automobiles fuel tank. These fumes contribute to the creation of ozone and many fuel dispensing facilities are required to have equipment to prevent its release. These facilities vapor control equipment are inspected and tested by the Ohio EPA and local air agencies (i.e. ARAQMD).
Types of Vapor Controls
Stage I (Tank Filling)
Preventative measure to reduce vapor emissions when underground storage tanks are filled. These emission controls allow for fumes in the storage tank to be redirected back to the dispensing fuel tank that delivered the resource. To even further reduce vapor creation, a “drop pipe” (submerged fill pipe) is utilized that is a tube installed to within 6 inches of the tanks bottom to prevent splashing thus minimize vapor creation.
Stage II (Vehicle Fueling)
Preventative measure to minimize gasoline vapor when filling a vehicle fuel tank. This emission control captures vapor at the fill neck of the vehicle and reroutes the vapors back to the underground storage tank.
In Ohio, if a GDF is required to have a stage II vapor control it must be CARB-certified. This certification indicates that the vapor control system and its components have been evaluated by the California Air Resource Board (CARB). General information about CARB certification and control components is available through your Stage II equipment manufacturer, local air agency of the Ohio EPA, or CARB website.
What counties are Stage I & II controls required in Ohio
Both: Loraine, Medina, Summit, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage, Ashtabula, Miami, Clark, Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Clermont
Stage I only: Lucas, Wood, Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Stark, Trumbull, Mahoning, Stark
Does my GDF need an air pollution permit (PTIO) or permit-by-rule (PBR)
If your GDF resides within one of the previously mentioned 24 counties (above)
Through the utilization of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3745 Chapter 31 Section 03 (A)(4): Permit by rule exemptions.
When assessing if your Stage I controls qualify your GDF for a permit-by-rule (PBR) refer to OAC 3745-31-03 (A)(4)(h). This paragraph states required qualifications, applicable emission limitations and/or control requirements, operational restrictions, monitoring and/or recordkeeping requirements, PBR specific reporting requirements, PBR specific reporting requirements, testing requirements, and miscellaneous requirements. GDFs within Summit, Portage, and Medina counties are not exempt in this instance.
When assessing if your Stage I & II controls qualify your GDF for a permit-by-rule (PBR) refer to OAC 3745-31-03 (A)(4)(i). This paragraph states required qualifications, applicable emission limitations and/or control requirements, operational restrictions, monitoring and/or recordkeeping requirements, PBR specific reporting requirements, PBR specific reporting requirements, testing requirements, and miscellaneous requirements. GDFs within Summit, Portage, and Medina counties may be exempt in this instance.
Before installation or removal of an underground storage tank it is first necessary to register with the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR) within the State Fire Marshal’s Office. BUSTER requirements are in addition to EPA Stage I & II systems. BUSTER requires periodic tests of underground storage units to ensure no soil or water contamination. BUSTER may be contacted or provide further materials through their web site www.com.ohio.gov/fire/bustmain.aspx or office (614) 752-8200
Engineering Guide 12: Questions regarding BAT and the inspection and witnessing of tests for GDF
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