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*CORRECTION* EPA Proposes Gasoline- and Money-Saving Rules for Gas Distributors

Release Date: 11/02/2006
Contact Information: John Millett, (202) 564-4355 /

*CORRECTION* (11/3/06) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed air toxics standards that would prevent the loss of gasoline into the air as it is delivered to service stations. The rule would cover small facilities that store gasoline and load it into trucks for delivery to gas stations nationwide. It would also cover the loading of the storage tanks at gas stations in highly populated areas. The proposed standards will annually reduce 45,000-46,000 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in gasoline vapors. That VOC reduction includes 3,300-3,400 tons of hazardous air pollutants, which includes 120-125 tons of benzene. This represents about a 9-10 percent reduction of emissions from this source category. The standards would protect public health and save the industry six million dollars a year after they add the required emissions controls. EPA will take comment on the proposal for 60 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.

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