EPA’s Earth Day Tip: Don’t Top Off Gas Tank: ‘Small Spill Adds to Air Pollution’

By Penny Starr | April 22, 2013 | 5:02 PM EDT

Suzanne Meredith, of Walpole, Mass., gases up her car at a Gulf station in Brookline, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

(CNSNews.com) – In the ‘tip of the day’ on its Earth Day website, the Environmental Protection Agency tells visitors that topping off one’s gas tank hurts the environment.

“During hot weather, don't top off your gas tank,” the tip on the home page says. “Even a small gas spill adds to air pollution and wastes fuel.”

If visitors click on the “read more” link, they are directing to more details about the tip.

“Help Protect the Environment!” the text said. “Save money!”

The page includes explanation of the dangers of breathing gasoline vapors and how topping off the gas tank can damage vapor recovery equipment at gas stations that have them.

“Topping off your gas tank is bad for the environment and your wallet,” the text said.

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