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Conduct Compliance Vapor Recovery Testing

Conduct Compliance Vapor Recovery Compliance Testing is part of the Vapor Recovery compliance program on Complyrs.

Overview

Vapor recovery systems have many parts that are subject to wear and tear. Retail facilities, where the hanging hardware is used by the general public are particularly susceptible to component failures that compromise the efficiency of vapor recovery systems.

Testing requirements

To ensure that vapor recovery systems are working as required by state law, vapor recovery compliance testing is required at least annually. Different vapor recovery systems have different compliance testing requirements. In addition, different air pollution control agencies have different testing frequency, testing notification and deadline requirements. You should consult with your permit conditions and your local agency to determine the exact requirements for your facility.

Phase 1 Vapor Recovery Testing Requirements

Required testing for Phase 1 EVR testing can be found on the Phase 1 EVR Executive Order page of the ARB website.

Vac Assist Systems VR-202

As per the VR-202 Inspection, Operation, and Maintenance Manual, the following tests need to be conducted annually:

1.3.2. Conduct static pressure performance of the Healy Clean Air Separator (EO VR-201 or VR-202, Exhibit 4).
1.3.3. Conduct pressure decay test (TP-201.3 and EO VR-201 or VR-202, Exhibit 8).
1.3.4. Conduct dispenser vapor line integrity test (Section B-3 of the Start-up / New Installation / Warranty / Annual Testing Form) found in the Healy dispenser manual for each dispenser at GDF. Repair all leaks.
1.3.5. Conduct V/L test on all nozzles (EO VR-201 or VR-202, Exhibit 5 or an ARB approved alternate test procedure). Adjust and replace as necessary.

Balance Systems VR-204

Required testing for VR-204 balance systems can be found in the Inspection, Operation and Maintenance Manual for the VR-204 system.

Testing Requirement Resources

San Diego Air Pollution Control District Required Test Lists:

Attachment A – Tests for Phase I and II systems at stations equipped with vacuum assist systems and underground storage tanks   

Attachment B – Tests for stations equipped with aboveground storage tanks

Attachment L – Tests for Phase I and II systems at stations equipped with balance systems with vapor polisher and underground storage tanks

Attachment L – Tests for Phase I and II systems at stations equipped with balance systems with clean air separators and underground storage tanks

Attachment L – Tests for Phase I and II systems at stations equipped with balance systems with VST membrane and underground storage tanks

 

Vapor Recovering Testing Contractors

Vapor recovery testing must be conducted by a certified vapor recovery testing technician.

The International Code Council (ICC) maintains lists of certified professionals on their website. Search for Vapor Recovery System Testing and Repair.

 

Scheduling Vapor Recovery Compliance Tests

Different local air districts have different policies on scheduling vapor recovery testing. Most agencies will want enough lead time to ensure an inspector will be available to witness the test. Test notification and test scheduling will usually be conducted by the vapor recovery testing contractor. However, the facility owner/operator is ultimately responsible to follow air district rules and regulations. Contact your local air district to confirm vapor recovery compliance scheduling requirements.

 

Submitting Vapor Recovery Compliance Test Results

Different local air districts have different policies on the deadline to submit tests after they are conducted. Test submission is usually done by the testing contractor. However, it is the facility owner/operator that is responsible for submission of test results. Contact your local air district to confirm vapor recovery compliance test submission deadlines.

 

Resources

Air Resources Board Test Procedures Page

Air Resources Board Vapor Recovery Executive Orders

 

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