On January 1, 2003, a new Pennsylvania regulation (25 Pa. Code
Ch.130) involving portable fuel containers became effective. These
containers (gas cans) are now outfitted with spouts that prevent
spills and vapor leakage, and are made of a material that does not
allow vapors to penetrate quickly. It is estimated that the new
regulation will result in a reduction of 5,700 tons of volatile
organic compounds (VOC's) per year statewide. VOC's combine with
nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level
ozone, or smog.
After January 1, 2004, the old style containers will no longer
be available for purchase in Pennsylvania. Although you will
still be able to use your existing old containers at anytime,
DEP is encouraging consumers to buy the new cans, retire their
old cans and reduce pollution.
When purchasing a new can, look for a statement indicating
that it meets the California Air Resource Board (CARB) requirements
for being spill proof and made of low permeable material.
System, New Portable Fuel Containers (Gas Cans) Fact Sheet