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Monday, July 1st, 2013
Connecticut, Massachusetts Join States Removing Stage II Vapor Recovery

PACIFIC, MO (July 1, 2013) – Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDF) in Connecticut and Massachusetts can now join the growing number of gas stations around the country permitted to decommission Stage II vapor recovery equipment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allows states to phase out Stage II systems, intended to capture gasoline fumes at the nozzle, after it ruled last year Stage II is no longer cost effective at cutting air pollution.

A bill signed into law June 18, 2013 by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy allows GDF in the state to properly decommission Stage II systems beginning immediately. All GDF must take Stage II out of service on or before July 1, 2015. A legislative committee report said Stage II is no longer needed and imposes unnecessary costs on GDF, estimating that decommissioning would save Connecticut gas stations more than $6.6 million dollars a year in maintenance costs.

Link to Connecticut General Assembly Web Site

Beginning July 1, 2013 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will allow the roughly 3,200 GDF in the state to properly decommission Stage II systems. When final regulations are in effect, gas stations will have at least two years to complete the decommissioning process.

Link to Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Web Site

Fuel marketers looking for the best way to decommission Stage II systems should consider Husky Corporation, the only company that manufactures all the hanging hardware components required for the transition. Husky offers the preassembled and fully tested EZ-Connect hanging hardware solution.


The EPA ruled in 2012 that most vehicles are now equipped with Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) systems. Authorities in Connecticut point out that the most widely used Stage II system, called Vacuum Assist, is incompatible with ORVR-equipped vehicles and that refueling at vacuum assist fuel pumps can actually cause an increase in emissions.

In addition, Massachusetts DEP officials have proposed Stage II regulatory revisions that all GDF must install a California Air Resources Board Enhanced Vapor Recovery (CARB EVR) Stage I Pressure Vacuum Vent Valve and CARB Stage I EVR rotatable product and vapor adaptors. Husky offers the Model 5885 Pressure/Vacuum Vent to fuel marketers seeking the best product to address this requirement.

The EPA estimates the 30,600 GDF outside the state of California would save $91 million by decommissioning Stage II equipment. Fuel marketers are advised to check with the proper agency in their region to learn about the status of the Stage II vapor recovery program.

Please contact Husky Corporation toll-free at 800-325-3558 or at the Husky Corporation web site for more information.

About Husky: A Breed Apart
For 65 years, Husky Corporation has served as a trustworthy guide, developing breakthrough, American-made fuel nozzles, safe-t-breaks, and accessories, plus relentlessly providing the most dependable customer service in the industry. Headquartered in Pacific, Missouri (in the metro St. Louis area), Husky is committed to provide petroleum-dispensing products that meet or exceed our customer’s expectations and reinforce the fact that we are a reliable partner that is with our valued clients every step of the way. Husky continues to grow its reputation as a special-breed innovator with an acquisition strategy designed to add more products and services worthy of the Husky name. In addition to our legendary line of nozzles for vapor recovery, conventional fueling, truck and high volume, farm and commercial, and convenience stores, we now feature curb and farm hoses, oil lube products, plus aviation hoses.

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