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by Matt Brogan

A Manly service station has become the first in Australia to use new petrol vapour capture technology on its fuel pumps.

Widely used throughout Europe and the US, the new nozzles contain a seal or hose which captures up to 95 per cent of vapours at the bowser, including benzene – a known carcinogen.

NSW Climate Change and Environment Minister, John Robertson, said the new pumps significantly reduce health risks and said the difference will be obvious to drivers.

“One of the first things customers will notice when refuelling at a service station with this technology is that the overpowering smell of petrol is missing.

“The second thing is that there are no shimmery vapours, or smog forming pollutants escaping from the tank,” he said.

Robertson said the vapour capturing nozzles would reduce smog-forming emissions by around 5000 tonnes each year.

“This makes it the single biggest initiative underway in the Greater Metropolitan region to tackle air pollution.”

NSW is the first state to implement fuel vapour regulations, and from July 2010, all new and refurbished service stations in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and the Central Coast will be expected install the pumps.

by Tim Beissmann (with The Manly Daily)