Revision to the Maine State Implementation Plan- Termination of Stage II Vapor Recovery Program

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Revision to the Maine State Implementation Plan- Termination of Stage II Vapor Recovery Program
02/29/2016 10:20 AM EST

In 2011, the Department amended its Chapter 118 Gasoline Dispensing Facilities Vapor Control rule to repeal the Stage II vapor control requirements for York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties as of January 1, 2012, and require the removal and/or discontinuance of Stage II vapor controls no later than January 1, 2013. Since this program was incorporated in Maine's State Implementation Plan (SIP), the repeal of the Stage II program requires a demonstration that any additional emissions resulting from the program's repeal will not interfere with the attainment or maintenance of the national ambient air quality standards in York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties. In addition, the Department must also address the Clean Air Act requirement for Stage II vapor controls or comparable measures in Maine.

Using EPA's 2012 "Guidance on Removing Stage II Gasoline Vapor Control Programs from State Implementation Plans and Assessing Comparable Measures," the Department has developed a technical demonstration showing that:

1. Due to the predominance of on-board refueling vapor recovery (ORVR)-equipped vehicles in the counties where Stage II was in place, Stage II vapor recovery controls provided only de minimis emissions reductions. This benefit will disappear altogether over the next several years as more ORVR-equipped vehicles enter the fleet and more non-ORVR-equipped vehicles are retired; and
2. Since removal of the Stage II control program resulted in only a de minimis loss of area-wide emissions control, the CAA "comparable measures" requirement has also been met.

This plan will be submitted to EPA as a revision to Maine's State Implementation Plan. Copies of this proposal are available upon request by contacting the Agency contact person or on the DEP website at http://www.maine.gov/dep/ftp/AIR/SIP/ Pursuant to Maine law, interested parties are publicly notified of the proposed rulemaking and are provided an opportunity for comment. Written comments may be submitted by mail, e-mail or fax to the contact person before the end of the comment period. To ensure the comments are considered, they must include your name and the organization you represent, if any. PUBLIC HEARING: This proposal is being scheduled to a 30-day public comment period. A public hearing will be held if requested before the end of the comment period.

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: March 31, 5:00 P.M.

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Erle Townsend Erle.Townsend@maine.gov

AGENCY NAME: Department of Environmental Protection

ADDRESS: State House Station 17, Augusta, ME 04333

TELEPHONE: 207-287-6115 (fax) 207-287-2814

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