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UPDATE: Stage II for New or Major Modified Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs)

DEQ has determined that Stage II is no longer needed in Virginia's attainment and maintenance plans, which are approved into the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP).  DEQ has also determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery, (ORVR) will be in widespread use in the Richmond area by January 1, 2017, and became in widespread use in northern Virginia as of January 1, 2014.  

Because Stage II is no longer needed for the control of ozone in these areas, Virginia submitted amendments to remove it from the SIP on November 12, 2013 (Richmond) and on March 19, 2014 (northern Virginia). EPA approved these amendments on August 11, 2014 (Richmond) and May 26, 2015 (northern Virginia).  Virginia then amended the specific Stage II requirements found in Article 37 of 9VAC5-40, which became effective July 30, 2015. Therefore, Stage II is no longer required to be installed in any area of the state. Owners of existing Stage II equipment now have two options: decommission or maintain.


Owners of GDFs may decommission their Stage II equipment in accordance with the PEI RP300-09 Decommission Checklist and ACG-003, "Guidance for Decommissioning or Maintenance of Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities in the Northern Virginia and Richmond Volatile Organic Compound Control Emission Control Areas".


Owners of GDFs who opt to maintain their Stage II equipment must continue to meet the requirements of Article 37.

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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