WASHINGTON (May 25, 2012)—Both Veyance Technologies Inc. and the Tire Industry Association are pleased with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to phase out Stage II emissions controls on gasoline pumps at service stations.
“Modern vehicles are equipped to capture these emissions,” the EPA said in a press release accompanying a final rule establishing the phaseout. There was no immediate word on a timetable to remove the controls.
Since 1994, the EPA has required Stage II controls on gasoline pumps in about 40 areas across the U.S. that did not meet Clean Air Act limits for ozone.
However, because about 70 percent of all U.S. vehicles are now equipped to capture gasoline vapors on their own, the Obama administration has determined the Stage II controls are unnecessary and burdensome to service station owners, the agency said.
The final rule will affect about 31,000 U.S. gas stations and save each one more than $3,000 annually, the EPA said.
Veyance manufactures hoses used in the vapor recovery systems, but said the new rule will allow the gasoline stations to reduce one of their equipment costs by changing to a conventional dispensing hose, such as its Flexsteel Futura product. The firm, which does business under the Goodyear Engineered Products moniker, said the Flexsteel Future hose has been a market leader throughout North America and the hose has an enhanced cover designed to resist cracking and fading.
Veyance produces more than 100,000 assemblies of the product each year at its Norfolk, Neb., factory for use in North America. “We anticipate a rise in Flexsteel Futura production levels and sales over the next several years as Stage II is phased out at each service station,” said Karina Robinson, an industrial hose product manager for Veyance.
TIA said it thought the EPA should have issued the phaseout a long time ago, according to Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president.
“It affected a lot of small, mom-and-pop tire dealers with one or two pumps,” Littlefield said. “Onboard emissions controls have been around for years. It was ridiculous to continue to require the controls on the pumps, especially in places like Northeast Maryland. This phaseout can't go fast enough, and wherever there's local legislation to expedite it, we're ready and willing to help.”