The Air Quality Program is responsible for enforcing state, local and federal rules and regulations on vapor recovery of gasoline in Kansas City, Mo.
Vapor recovery is the process taken to recover the maximum amount of volatile organic compounds that may escape through the processing and storage of gasoline, including those dealing commercial and retail operations. The regulations followed by the Air Quality Program are those of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found in State of Missouri Regulations 10 CSR-10-2.260. These regulations apply to any retail or commercial entity that dispenses or stores fuel without exemption status.
The Kansas City metropolitan is designated as an attainment area by the EPA, which means we are effectively controlling the amount of ozone produced in the area. This designation means commercial or retail operations involved in the dispensing of gasoline are only required to recover vapors from the storage tanks during the loading and unloading of fuel, known as stage one vapor recovery.
If the area ever fails to meet the attainment status set in regulation, the area may be required to implement stage two vapor recovery measures. These measures would require commercial or retail operations that dispense gasoline to consumers put in place equipment to recover vapors from the nozzle as fuel is dispensed.
Currently all owners and operators of establishments that dispense gasoline to the consumer within Kansas City are required by law to test their pressure vent caps every two years and storage tanks every five years to ensure excess emissions of VOCs are not being released into the atmosphere.
Kansas City, Mo., Health Department
Air Quality Program
2400 Troost Ave., Suite 3200
Kansas City, MO, 64108
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