Public Hearing: Proposed Amendments to the Regulations Governing Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions

Division of Air Quality
Start Date: December 1, 2019
End Date: January 8, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2019-R-A-0025) on the proposed amendments to the following regulations: 7 DE Admin. Code 1124 Section 26 “Gasoline Dispensing Facility Stage I Vapor Recovery” and Section 36 “Vapor Emission Control at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities.”  A revision to Delaware State Implementation Plan (SIP), entitled “Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems and Requiring Stage I Enhanced Vapor Recovery Systems at Gasoline Dispensing Facilities,” will be also presented at the hearing for public review and comments.

The public hearing will be held on Wednesday January 08, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM, in the DNREC Auditorium, Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. 

The objectives of amending 7 DE Admin. Code 1124 Section 26 and Section 36 are (1) to decommission Stage II vapor recovery systems at Delaware Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs), and (2) to set up effective controls on vapor emissions from GDFs’ gasoline underground storage tanks (USTs) and aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). 

The objectives of the proposed SIP revision are to (1) analyze the regulatory impacts of the above regulatory amendments on Delaware’s emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and (2) demonstrate that the above regulatory amendments meet the anti-backsliding requirements of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA) Sections 182(b)(2) and 110(l).

The proposed regulatory amendments and SIP revision may be inspected at DNREC’s offices located at 715 Grantham Lane, in New Castle, or at 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A, in Dover. The changes are also published in the December 1, 2019, edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations.

For additional information on this proposed regulatory promulgation, visit or contact Frank Gao at 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A, Dover, DE 19904; by phone at 302-739-9402; or by email at

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed amendments may do so either orally or in written form at the public hearing on January 8, 2020.  In lieu of attending the public hearing, written comment may be submitted to the Hearing Officer via the online comment form at, via email to, or via USPS to the below address. The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Thursday, January 23, 2020. 

Theresa Smith, Hearing Officer
DNREC — Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901

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