On August 18, 1983, the EPA promulgated Standards of Performance for Bulk Gasoline Terminals (48 FR 37590). The 1983 standards of performance limit and control emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that react with other pollutants to form ozone (or smog) which has been linked to respiratory impairment and eye irritation, and negatively affects vegetation and ecosystems. On December 14, 1994, EPA promulgated National Emission Standards for Gasoline Distribution Facilities (Bulk Gasoline Terminals and Pipeline Breakout Stations) (59 FR 64318). The 1994 national emission standards limit and control hazardous air pollutants (HAP) that are known or suspected to cause cancer or have other serious health or environmental effects.
On September 20, 2002, EPA proposed amendments to the 1983 standards of performance and 1994 national emission standards to provide for the use of alternative leak test procedures for railcars under the 1994 national emission standards, a clarification on monitoring flares and thermal oxidation systems used to comply with the 1994 national emission standards, alternative recordkeeping requirements for tank trucks and railcars under the 1983 standards of performance and 1994 national emission standards, and the use of flare design specifications under the 1983 standards of performance by incorporating the allowance in the text of that final rule. This document takes final action on those proposed amendments. The amendments do not change the level of control or compromise the environmental protection achieved by the 1983 standards of performance and 1994 national emission standards, but provide clarification and alternatives that enhance the flexibility of the recordkeeping and testing requirements of the two final rules.
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