Amid Regulations Debate, White House Seeks Cuts

Since the early 1990s, gas stations have had to equip pumps with nozzles to capture fuel vapors that escape from tanks as drivers fill up. The government mandated the vapor-recovery systems, which can cost station owners more than $100,000 dollars to install and $3,000 annually to run, to keep harmful pollutants out of the atmosphere. However, most new cars and trucks have tanks that also prevent fumes from leaking during refueling. So now federal regulators want to drop the requirement that gas stations maintain the redundant equipment. 

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