Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes Holiday Station Stores for extra efforts to control gasoline vapors
When you stop at a gas station to fill your car’s tank, you may notice a gasoline smell and you’ll certainly see signs warning you to shut off your engine and never smoke near the gas pumps. That’s because gasoline vapors don’t just have a distinct odor, but they pose real fire and explosion safety risks, and Holiday Station Stores continue to go above and beyond when it comes to vapor recovery at their 242 stations throughout Minnesota.
Federal regulations regarding gasoline vapors are generally administered and enforced at the state level. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requires all gas stations within the seven-county metro area to install Stage 1 vapor recovery equipment, to be tested every three years. Outside the metro counties, this is only required at stations that have an average monthly output of 100,000 gallons of gas, or more. Holiday decided to go beyond the requirements and install and test the equipment at all 242 of its stations, regardless of location or size.
Holiday has a very good overall compliance rating with the tanks program,” says MPCA Tanks Supervisor Nate Blasing, “They’re very proactive to investigate problems, and at many locations have multiple tank safeguard methods in place that are not always required.” More information on above and underground storage tanks can be found on the MPCA’s Tank Compliance and Assistance web page.
For voluntarily installing, testing, and maintaining vapor-recovery equipment beyond what’s required, the MPCA thanks Holiday Station Stores for going above and beyond for petroleum storage tank management.