Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Existing Stationary Sources [9 VAC 5 ‑ 40]
Emission Standards for Volatile Organic Compounds from Petroleum Liquid Storage and Transfer Operations, Stage II (Rev. C14)
Action 4191
General Information
Action Summary Section 182 (b)(3) of the federal Clean Air Act required the implementation of Stage II vapor recovery in ozone nonattainment and maintenance areas, including northern Virginia and Richmond. Since then, in accordance with ยง 202(a)(6) of the Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that onboard refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) is in widespread use throughout the motor vehicle fleet, thus obviating the need to maintain Stage II vapor recovery programs. The department has examined whether Stage II is still necessary for ozone control purposes and has determined that Stage II is no longer needed. Removing this control requirement will not interfere with maintenance of any ozone standard. Therefore, on November 12, 2013 and March 18, 2014, the department submitted revisions to the state implementation plan (SIP) that satisfy all requirements of the federal Clean Air Act and EPA guidance regarding the removal of Stage II requirements from the northern Virginia and Richmond area attainment and maintenance plans. Virginia's specific Stage II requirements are found in Article 37 of 9VAC5-40, and must now be amended accordingly.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004006]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6986 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/30/2015.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Karen G. Sabasteanski 
Address: 629 East Main Street
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Phone: (804)698-4426    FAX: (804)698-4510    TDD: (804)698-4021