The Environmental Protection Agency ruled in 2012 that Stage II vapor recovery systems are less effective at recapturing gas vapors during refueling because Onboard Vapor Recovery Systems (ORVR) are widespread. As a result, states where Stage II systems had been required are increasingly seeking EPA approval allowing fuel marketers to decommission them.
Decommissioning involves properly shutting down the Stage II equipment that collects gas vapor and transfers it to the underground storage tank until it can be collected by delivery trucks. The procedure generally involves capping off and disconnecting various Stage II components but leaves the below grade Stage II vapor piping in place. One state estimates it could take two hours of labor to decommission only one Stage II dispenser. But Husky’s EasyConnect gets the job done in minutes; not hours.
EZ Connect allows fuel marketers to remove the old dispenser hose assembly and replace it in one simple step. All EZ Connect components are manufactured by Husky, professionally thread-inspected according to established standards, and then tested for pressure and continuity to assure safety and top performance. EZ Connect is available according to customer specifications:
EZ Connect Adapter: Plugs the fuel hose vapor recovery line at the dispenser
Whip Hose: Eight or nine inch lengths
Fuel Hose: Hard Wall, Wire Braid, Soft Wall
Pressure-activated conventional Nozzle
“Since Husky is the only company that manufactures all the components needed to decommission Stage II systems, customers asked us to develop this professionally assembled package to make the decommissioning project as easy as possible,” said Husky Corporation Executive Vice President Brad Baker.
Regulations require facilities to decommission their entire existing Stage II system by following the applicable steps listed in the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites, PE/RP300-09, Section 14, Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery Piping. All Stage II hanging hardware must be replaced with conventional hanging hardware.
The EPA estimates the 30,600 gasoline dispensing facilities outside California will save $3,000 each year, for a total national annual savings of $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.
Every EZ Connect hanging hardware solution comes with a Certificate of Conformity and is backed by a 12 month warranty against manufacturing defects. 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.