New Jersey DEP Compliance Advisory – Phase II VR Systems Decommissioning


This advisory affects owners and operators of gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) constructed before November 9, 2017 with Phase II (Stage II) vapor recovery system not compatible with Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery are affected and must be decommissioned by December 23, 2020

Please read the full Compliance Advisory by clicking here.


If you own or operate a non-compatible Phase II system, you have the option of 1) upgrading the system to be compatible with onboard refueling vapor recovery; or 2) follow the requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:27-16.3(h) to properly decommission your Phase II system.

Anyone who will be decommissioning their Phase II system, should be aware of the following general list of items that can help achieve compliance, but please note this is not the complete list of requirements.

  • Decommissioning activities must be performed by a NJDEP licensed UST contractor, certified in the category of Installation – Entire, or Closure.
  • Follow the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Recommended Practices in PEI RP300.
  • At least fourteen (14) days prior to beginning work, send an email to listing the responsible parties’ names, a description of the work
    being performed, start date, facility address, and program interest ID (aka UST registration)
  • Once the decommissioning is complete, within 14 days a follow up email with post-work testing and the completed PEI RP300 checklist is to be sent to the same email address (
  • The owner and operator will need to apply for a new Air General Permit 004B for Phase I only systems no later than 30 days after completing the decommissioning.


The following web sites can be accessed for additional information: UST Compliance & Enforcement Air Compliance & Enforcement Air Quality Stationary Sources webpage

Please read the full Compliance Advisory by clicking here.

Please note this advisory is intended to be a summary explanation of department requirements. It does not include all potentially applicable requirements. If you have any questions related to compliance, please contact an Enforcement number listed above.

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Is Your Gas Station Taking Advantage of the Quick Bite Rush?

Recent studies reveal that consumers are purchasing more food from gas station c-stores than they did 4 years ago, driving additional revenue for gas station owners.

Americans love a quick bite. Pizzas, wraps, fries and hot dogs have become major parts of the American diet. And while quick service restaurants have traditionally been the go-to spots for most Americans for their fetch-and-munch adventures, gas station c-stores seem to be catching up in popularity with their more established food serving counterparts.

The Quick Bite Rush at Gas Station Convenience Stores—In Numbers!

According to one study, American consumers spent more than $54.3 billion on c-store food service in 2018. Compared to 2014, that’s almost a twenty-eight percent increase, which is quite significant for an industry that primarily sells fuel and fuel products.

People aged between 18 and 44 years are the largest demographic group driving this trend. They purchase food at convenience stores more frequently than people from other age groups. To elaborate, twenty percent of those aged between 18 and 29 purchase food from c-stores 3–4 times per month, while twenty-five percent of those aged between 30 and 44 purchase food at convenience stores 5 or more times per month.

So what’s causing this quick bite rush at gas station convenience stores?

The Quick Bite Rush—Explained!

Data shows that the main reason consumers are choosing convenience stores over quick service restaurants is convenience. Gas station convenience stores serve as an all-in-one stop for fuel customers, allowing them to shop for both fuel and food under one roof.

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The quick bite rush can also be explained by the varied food menu offered by gas station convenience stores.

Unlike fast food restaurants, gas station convenience stores serve more than one type of cuisine to customers. This allows the customers to enjoy a more varied menu and order whatever they might want to eat.

What do American consumers usually order at gas station convenience stores?

Most Popular Food Items at Gas Station Convenience Stores

According to a study from GasBuddy, following food items generate most sales at gas station convenience stores:

  • Wraps or sandwiches
  • Pizza
  • Fresh salad
  • Fried chicken
  • Burger and fries

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So, is your gas station taking advantage of the quick bite rush?

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UPDATED 3/19: How to Properly Clean Gilbarco Dispensers

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JUST ADDED 3/18/2019: Gilbarco has just released a new document on how to properly clean your diuspensers. Download it here!

Every so often we get asked, “what’s the proper way to clean a dispenser?”  Like anything exposed to the elements, it is going to get dirty and using the improper cleaning techniques or cleaning agents could lead to further damage.    Just like washing your car will extend the luster and life of your vehicle, so will periodically cleaning your dispensers!

Technicians are not responsible to clean dispensers on service calls as this is typically a task that is performed by the station owner/manager.  But it is important that a technician recognize when improper cleaning agents and procedures being implemented by the station show the signs of chemical attack or damage so they can then inform the customer that their methods are doing more harm than good..


Gilbarco has put together a document, Proper Cleaning of Dispensers that you can view and download here.

View the full maintenance instructions from MDE-3893 Encore and Eclipse Owner’s Manual here.

It is always extremely important you follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures, replacement parts and cleaning agents to properly maintain your dispensers to keep them in the most optimal working condition and looking good!  Not only will it cut down on your repair expenses but proper maintenance and cleaning will in crease traffic to your location when it’s looking good and working like a charm.

You can also find and buy replacement parts for your Gilbarco Dispensers in our web store.

Whether you are looking to maintain your station or build one from the ground up, we carry a complete line of products from the top manufacturers in our industry. Thousands of products can be found online at and if you don’t find what you are looking for there, call us at 1.800.238.1225.



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