The California Air Resources Board (CARB) identified benzene, a known human carcinogen, as a toxic air contaminant in 1985. Subsequently, in May 1988, the CARB adopted the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for Emissions of Benzene from Retail Service Stations. The ATCM reflects the use of best available control technology which requires the installation of CARB-certified Phase I and II vapor recovery control equipment at all retail service stations. The ATCM is designed to reduce benzene and total hydrocarbon emissions from uncontrolled stations by 95 percent.
More details on the staff’s evaluation and findings can be found in the Staff Report and Technical Support Document for the Proposed ATCM for Emissions of Benzene from Retail Service Stations.
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