Energy and Technology Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6534

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING GASOLINE VAPOR RECOVERY SYSTEMS.

Vote Date:

3/21/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/7/2013

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Energy and Technology Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The federal government requires Stage II vapor recovery systems which are no longer needed and impose unnecessary costs on businesses. This bill removes that requirement.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) submitted testimony from Commissioner Daniel C. Esty which strongly supports HB-6534. DEEP states that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waived the requirement that states require Stage II vapor recovery. Additionally, a DEEP study shows that 94% of gasoline dispensed in the state is dispensed through vacuum assist stage II systems that are incompatible with on-board vapor recovery (ORVR)-equipped vehicles. Refueling ORVR-equipped vehicles at these stations can cause an increase in emissions. The decommissioning of these systems will have a positive impact on the environment.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Chris Davis supports HB-6534, and refers to DEEP's study that shows that these systems will lead to increased air pollution in 2014 due to the incompatibility of ORVR systems with existing Stage II systems. Installing new systems and maintaining existing Stage II systems is no longer justified and their decommissioning will save CT gas stations $6,650,000 a year in maintenance costs.

Michael J. Moffa, Controller, of Norbert E. Mitchell Co., Inc. supports HB-6534 as the vast majority of cars provide their own method of vapor capture. The upfront cost for every station is over $50,000 and $5000 per year on maintenance, testing and record keeping. The Norbert E. Mitchell Company would prefer to spend this money on wages, benefits, and site improvements.

Michael Alabiso, Director of Environmental Affairs for Warren Equities, Inc. and Drake Petroleum Company, Inc. supports HB-6534, referring to the Obama Administration's report that phase-out of Stage II vapor recovery will save the industry $67 million per year. Also referenced is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) opinion that widespread use of Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery has been achieved and that DEEP has received approval from the EPA to grant Stage II Vapor Recovery compliance waivers in CT for newly constructed gasoline dispensing facilities.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed.

Reported by: Kathy Horsky

Date: 3/25/2013