MPCA grants are now open to fund installation or repairs on stage 1 vapor recovery systems (vapor recovery) at filling stations across Minnesota.
- Eligible applicants: Those certified by the MPCA as underground storage tank contractors, and individuals MPCA-certified to repair underground storage tanks at retail, non-retail, and/or government facilities
- Total funds: Approximately $45,000
- Maximum grant award: $45,000, no match requirement. MPCA may decide to grant partial awards based on the locations of proposed facilities.
Have your certified contractor apply for you now! Deadline: October 29, 2020
All retail locations selling gasoline in the seven-county Twin Cities metro area must have functioning vapor recovery systems. A federal NESHAP rule requires stage 1 vapor recovery on systems with more than 100,000 gallons of gasoline throughput a month. State rules allow Minnesota gas dispensing facilities with a throughput of more than 380,000 gallons a month to operate without an air permit if they properly install, operate, and maintain a stage 1 vapor recovery system.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from many small sources contribute to smog formation, an ongoing air quality concern in Minnesota. Vapor recovery systems capture up to 95 percent of the VOCs released during gasoline transfer from delivery vehicles into underground storage tanks. Installing vapor recovery systems protects employee and customer health, and could generate positive publicity for your business.
Review grant materials, application, and Q&A on the MPCA grants for vapor recovery web page.