ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Those long, flexible black boots on gasoline nozzles in the St. Louis area may soon be gone.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has said that states may seek to remove vapor-capturing equipment at service stations, if they can prove that doing so won't adversely affect air quality.
Control systems on newer cars are able to capture pollutants, making the special nozzles unnecessary. Officials with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources have met twice with petroleum marketing industry leaders to outline the next steps toward removing the nozzles.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com