CDPHE begins issuing fines for ‘fugitive emissions’ to gasoline-dispensing facilities
How to get into compliance
The monthly compliance inspections of underground and aboveground petroleum storage tanks the CDPHE’s Oil & Public Safety Division (OPS) requires does not cover the air quality issues the APCD is addressing now. While some emissions are visible by the naked eye to compliance technicians, the best way to observe and correct fugitive emissions before or after an APCD visit is the same way that the inspector does: by using a FLIR camera during a fuel delivery. The owner/operator can then make any repairs necessary prior to the APCD inspection and even have another look with a FLIR camera prior to their hearing before the CDPHE.
Gasoline-dispensing facilities’ owners/operators should be aware that:
- The inspections and hearings for those performed in the last year continue and the APCD has already begun another round of inspections
- The CDPHE is not currently reviewing its regulations to align with National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); instead, authorities are focused on reducing gasoline-fueling facilities emissions to zero
- Pressure testing of fuel transports from June to September are invalid under CDPHE regulations
CGRS extends its appreciation to the CDPHE for providing direction and information regarding the inspection process for this article.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FLIR inspection of your gasoline-dispensing facility, call CGRS at 800.288.2657. CGRS has a FLIR camera and qualified technicians capable of performing inspections during a fuel delivery prior to an announced visit by an inspector or following repairs to confirm their effectiveness. If emissions are observed, our experienced compliance technicians can perform repairs and replace any components of your fuel system necessary, including spill buckets, stage I vapor recovery adaptors, fill adaptors, pressure/vacuum vent caps, tank top fittings and more.