Stage I Gasoline Vapor Recovery Overview
Gasoline dispensing facilities receive gasoline products in underground storage tanks (UST's) from vapor tight truck tanks. Pipes and valves interconnecting the UST's and truck tank create a "closed loop" (i.e. Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system). The Stage I gasoline vapor recovery system collects 96% of the vapors that would have otherwise been emitted to the atmosphere to form ozone, and returns them to the bulk gasoline terminal for processing.
Permit Issuance - New Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
A gasoline dispensing facility projecting to dispense more than 50,000 gallons of gasoline during a calendar year is required to obtain an air quality permit from Mecklenburg County Air Quality prior to beginning construction. The facility must submit the following:
- Completed S-1 (PDF)(Word) and S-2 (PDF)(Word) application forms
- Zoning Verification Letter (PDF)(Word)
- $200.00 application processing fee (per facility)
- Operation and Compliance Status Form acknowledging construction was completed per the submitted application, issued Permit and the facility is compliant with the applicable air quality regulations.
Permit Transfer - Ownership/Legal Name Change at an Existing, Permitted Gasoline Dispensing Facility
An existing, permitted gasoline dispensing facility being sold to a new owner or operating under a new, legal name is required to obtain an air quality permit from MCAQ as soon as possible after the sale or name change is completed. The facility must submit the following:
- Completed S-3( PDF)(Word) application forms
- $100.00 application processing fee (per facility)