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Q&AZ: Where Did The Vapor Recovery Devices On Gas Station Nozzles Go?

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Vapor recovery devices are the rubber pieces you sometimes see on the end of gas nozzles.

Gas stations pumps across the United States used to have rubber boots on the nozzles. KJZZ listener Tom Kovacevich noticed the absence and asked about it via Q&AZ.

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency issued updated rulings on vapor recovery devices, the rubber boots you sometimes see on the end of gas station nozzles.

They were installed by many gas stations to help meet air quality standards.

The EPA declined to speak to KJZZ on the change, but EPA  documents show the agency loosened rules on their use because, at the time, about 70 percent of cars had vapor recovery systems built-in to the gas tank opening, making the rubber boot on the nozzles redundant.

Claire Caulfield first joined KJZZ as an intern in 2015 and now wakes up before the sun to produce and report for Morning Edition. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and covered education policy in the nation's capital, election night in New York City and Native American issues for Cronkite News/ Arizona PBS. Before joining the Morning Edition team, she also worked on a documentary about rap music in the deep South and directed a film on drinking-water quality in the United States.On the weekends, you can find Claire flying her photography drone or working her way through the Pulitzer Prize book list.