The Standards and Best Practice Guidelines for Vapour Recovery at Petrol Service Stations (2016) has been updated. The new laws came into force on January 1, 2017. The new guidelines were developed after a period of industry consultation late last year. Fuel retailers now have a choice of VR equipment and can make equipment maintenance decisions.
- The new guidelines have been developed following a period of industry consultation undertaken late last year and, among other changes, take account of previous industry concerns relating to the unduly prescriptive nature of the design of Pressure Vacuum (PV) Vents”
- Specifically, the concerns related to an apparent requirement for a 10mm orifice to be drilled on the pump side of the pressure chamber for all types of PV vents – a practice that, although consistent with European Guidelines relating to the use of single piston type vents, was wholly inconsistent with USA CARB Guidelines relating to the use of multi valve devices.
- It is very pleasing to see that the new Guidelines now make provision for the use of multi-valve PV vents in accordance with the Calfornia Air Resources Board (CARB) standards – provided they are installed in accordance with the requirements of section 5.1 of the new Guidelines”, said Mark.
“New laws requiring the installation of Vapour Recovery Stage 2 (VR2) equipment at existing service stations in NSW came into force on 1 January 2017.”