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Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program Reduces Ozone Formation

 

The  City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services and the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG) have partnered together to offer the Gas Cap Testing and Replacement Program for 2018.  The purpose of the program is to educate the general public on the importance of a functioning gas cap and its impact on ground level ozone pollution, commonly referred to as "smog".  A faulty gas can result in the loss of roughly 2 tanks of gas per year. 

Gas cap testing is voluntary and takes only a few minutes.  A fuel cap adapter specific to the make, model and year of the car and an attached leak detector are used to test the seal of the gas cap to the tank. Participants in the program, if found with a leaky gas cap, will be provided with a replacement gas cap at no charge.

2018 Gas Cap Replacement Program Event Schedule

Tuesday, June 5 Kroger, 2555 Glendale Ave., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, June 6 Circle K, 103 Anthony Wayne Trail, Waterville 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, June 7 Kroger, 1094 N. Main St., Bowling Green 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, June 12 Kroger, 3301 Navarre Ave, Oregon 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, June 13 True North/Shell, 4310 W. Central, Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, June 14 Circle K, 8154 Airport Hwy., Holland 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, June 19 True North/Shell, 5473 Monroe St., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, June 20 Kroger, 2257 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, June 21 Circle K, 6775 Dorr St., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, June 26 Kroger, 7545 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, June 27 True North/Shell, 5855 Weckerly Road, Whitehouse 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, June 28 Barney’s, 5821 N. Detroit, Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 10 Kroger, 27386 Carronade Dr., Perrysburg 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, July 11 Circle K, 4562 Woodville Rd., Northwood 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, July 12 True North/Shell, 1000 Buck Rd., Rossford  1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 17 Barney’s, 3126 Secor Rd., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, July 18 Kroger, 4633 Suder Ave., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, July 19 True North/Shell, 6903 Angola Rd., Holland 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 24 Circle K, 1235 N. Holland Sylvania Rd., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, July 25 Kroger, 6235 Monroe St., Sylvania 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, July 26 True North/Shell, 1031 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo 1 PM – 3 PM
Tuesday, July 31 Barney's, 10730 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg 1 PM – 3 PM
Wednesday, August 1 True North/Shell, 298 W. Dussel Drive, Maumee 1 PM – 3 PM
Thursday, August 2 Kroger, 3462 W. Sterns Rd., Lambertville 1 PM – 3 PM

The ozone layer, miles above the earth, protects you. But ground-level ozone, what earthlings call smog, can be harmful to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. Ozone can destroy lung and airway tissue in much the same way the sun damages your skin.

2017 Gas Cap Summary Report

According to The American Lung Association, air pollution:
• Contributes to asthma, emphysema, lung cancer and bronchitis.
• Soils clothes, houses, and automobiles.
• Makes paint peel and discolor.
• Rusts and tarnishes metals.
• Reduces visibility and sunlight.
• Destroys plants and crops.
• Deteriorates statues, monuments, and buildings.

Your gas cap could be leaking regardless of the age of your car, but the odds are higher if your gas cap is more than 3 years old. Significant numbers of cars are leaking gas fumes through their gas caps. This wastes gas and money and adds to our area’s pollution problem. Every leaking gas cap = 199 pounds more pollution in our air every year.

Practice “Clean Air Car Care”
• Perform regular maintenance as recommended for your car.
• Use the right fuel as recommended by the owner’s manual.
• Keep tires aligned and inflated properly.
• Have the catalytic converter, ignition, timing, and/or carburetor inspected if you are having problems stalling or using fuel faster than usual.