Tarry for the Nonce

January 30, 2009

A Novel Idea

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 8:10 pm

Government over-regulation is closing gas stations in California.

Dozens of gas stations around California are choosing to shut down rather than comply with a state mandate that would require owners to purchase new equipment to reduce vapor emissions at the pump.

The requirement, known as Phase II in the state’s Enhanced Vapor Recovery Program, is set to go into effect in April. It requires gas station owners to individually purchase tens of thousands of dollars of equipment designed to prevent harmful vapors from escaping into the air when gasoline is pumped.

But smaller retailers say that the requirement puts an unfair burden on businesses that don’t sell enough gasoline to offset the extra cost – and that don’t contribute much to the problem in the first place.

Because when small businesses can’t afford to stay in business, they cut costs or close. Outlandish.

As a point of comfort, the Pasadena Star News notes that “Many of those shutting down their pumps are in fact city facilities and businesses with their own dispensers, such as fire stations and construction companies.” I know I always feel warm fuzzies when I learn that fire trucks won’t have a ready source of fuel.

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1 Comment »

  1. Ummm…the fire stations should definitely be able to keep their pumps!

    Comment by Stephanie — February 1, 2009 @ 11:57 pm


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