The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) is proposing new Rule 74.33, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Transfer or Dispensing, in order to reduce emissions of reactive organic compounds (ROC) from the transfer and dispensing of LPG. This rule applies to any transfer of LPG to or from cargo tanks, stationary and portable storage tanks, and cylinders, excluding those on recreational vehicles. Containers with a water capacity below four gallons are also excluded.

ROC emissions from fugitive sources will be reduced through the implementation of Low-Emission Fixed Liquid Level Gauges, also known as bleeder valves, and Low Emission Connectors. This proposed rule also establishes a Leak, Detection, and Repair (LDAR) program for LPG Bulk Plants and Storage and Transfer Facilities, which will involve daily and monthly inspections using approved methods.

Some examples of operations affected by Rule 74.33 include forklift filling, retail sales, residential heating, vehicle filling, commercial operations, industrial operations, LPG combustion associated with tank degassing operations and portable asphalt plants, LPG bulk plants and LPG storage and dispensing facilities. Oilfield LPG loading facilities would be exempt from this rule due to their requirements from Rule 71.3 and 74.10.

For more information regarding future compliance with this rule, please contact us at (949) 567-9880 or click here for more information.