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Fuel Dispensing

703. Fuel Dispensing

Gasoline-dispensing facilities located in the 16 counties in these ozone nonattainment areas—

Houston-Galveston Area: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties;

Beaumont–Port Arthur Area: Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties;

El Paso Area: El Paso County;

Dallas–Fort Worth Area: Collin, Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant counties

—must be equipped with Stage I and Stage II vapor-recovery equipment to control emissions of volatile organic compounds. These facilities must comply with annual testing procedures, proper operation and maintenance and other training requirements.


Current Stage I and Stage II rules.

Certain counties in Texas require additional control systems, known as Stage II Control, that reduce volatile organic compound emissions while dispensing fuels. Most gasoline dispensing facilities in the subject counties (listed below) that have a monthly throughput greater than 10,000 gallons per month may be required to have Stage II vapor recovery. In some cases, installation may be required if modifications are made to existing tanks or dispensing systems even if the throughput is less than 10,000 gallons per month. Consult 30 TAC 115.240 to determine if your campus gasoline dispensing facility needs Stage II vapor recovery.


  • Stage I controls apply statewide to stationary gasoline storage tanks with a capacity of greater than 2,000 gallons.
  • Provide adequate training and written instruction to all fleet personnel. Include emergency procedures, and consider installing spill kits in the event of spillage.
  • Post all operating and emergency instructions.
  • Post warnings that “topping off” tank may result in spillage. Light duty cars and trucks manufactured after 2000 include on board refueling vapor recovery and should never be “topped off.”
  •  Strictly follow all regulations when gasoline is transferred from a delivery vessel to a stationary gasoline storage tank.
  • Periodically inspect all hoses, nozzles, tanks, and back flow protection pumps to ensure proper operation. Make sure Stage II controls are operating as per regulations.
  • On Ozone Action Days, refrain from filling tanks until late afternoon or evening to help reduce ozone. A standard operating procedure during the summer could instruct fleet personnel to fill tanks as late in the day as possible.