Get Financial Aid to Remove or Replace Buried or Above Ground Oil Tanks
OIL TANK REMOVAL FINANCIAL AID - CONTENTS: List of programs and agencies offering financial aid to replace leaking residential oil storage tanks. Federal and state contact points for oil tank regulations for all U.S. states and territories
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Financial aid for leaky oil tank replacement:
Links to programs offering financial aid to people lacking the means to pay for abandonment
or removal of residential oil tanks both at a national and at state levels. [Programs offering such assistance
are invited to contact us to add their information to this listing.
We've been collecting copies of environmental regulations regarding oil storage tanks for U.S. states and Canadian provinces since 1990. Regulations regarding identification, testing, and removal or abandonment of buried tanks vary widely from state to state in the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
Financial Assistance Programs for Oil Tank Abandonment or Oil Leak Cleanup
Looking for financial aid or a grant to replace a leaky home oil tank? Here are some financial aid sources.
We provide a list of federal, state, or provincial agencies as well as other national or private
agencies who may be able to offer financial assistance to homeowners in financial difficulties who face
the need to replace an above ground or buried oil storage tank, or to cleanup an oil tank leak.
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Readers should first contact their state oil tank regulating agency which they will
find in this list. Then return here to seek further assistance if it's needed.
In the U.S. many state DEP/DEC/DNR (Departments of Environmental Conservation or similar agencies) have programs for registering buried tanks at any site storing more than 1100 gallons of heating oil.
The choice of 1,100 gallons was probably chosen by the states in order to exclude the largest common home heating oil storage tank size which is 1,000 gallons.
Requirements for gas (auto fuel), or other fuels may be different. Eventually this concern may spread to smaller residential tanks. The concern is for leaks which contaminate the environment. Tanks located where they may leak into a local waterway or into the water supply are a special environmental concerns. (C)trap DJ Friedman.
Alaska notes on Budget for Oil Tank Leak Cleanup: see http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_omb/budget/Trans/comp2359.pdf
Kansas notes on possible financial aid for oil tank removal: the writeup itself doesn't offer much, but readers in Kansas who are concerned about how to pay for an oil tank abandonment should see http://www.kdheks.gov/nps/resources/notes_ww/ustrevs.pdf
Illinois financial aid is avaialble for underground oil tank removal with a variety of terms, conditions, and elegibility constraints including a minimum of $10,000. deductible from possible financial aid that one may receive.
In Illinois the Underground Storage Tank Fund is focused on commercial properties and is administered by the IOllinois Office of the State Fire Marshall (OSFM) to determine eligibility, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) fodr budget review, reasonableness of payment requests for corrective action.
Focusing on residential property owners term #6 of the eligibility requirements will exclude residential properties or farms, specifically:
The UST must not be classified as a farm or residential heating oil tank.
Other terms of interest include these:
The owner or operator cannot be exempt from the per-gallon tax as established by the amended Motor Fuel Tax Law.
The owner or operator must have registered the tank with the OSFM and have paid all required fees.
The UST must not have been taken out of service prior to January 1, 1974.
Leaking Oil Tanks must be reported - contact
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section
1021 North Grand Avenue East
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
Other property owners should see the Illinois UST aid information found at www.epa.state.il.us/land/lust/ust-fund.html
Or Contact the appropriate Illinois authorities at
Division of Petroleum and Chemical Safety
1035 Stevenson Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62703
New Hampshire Financial Aid for Oil Tank Replacement: see www.des.state.nh.us/waste_programs_contacts.htm New Hampshire's Waste Management Division may provide financial aid for used oil collection facilities
New Jersey Financial Aid for Oil Tank Replacement: For an introduction and official letter about the New Jersey oil tank aid program first see the letter: Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund (UST Fund) at http://www.penningtonboro.org/underground-storage-tanks.pdf
Also see the oil tank closure fact sheet provided by the State of New Jersey at http://www.nj.gov/dep/srp/finance/ustfund/ustf_app_fact.pdf then see www.bayonnenj.org/cgi-bin/news/newsall.cgi?news=1385 for a news article; see www.newtanksnj.org/faqs.aspx for well organized notes on oil tank replacement aid programs from the Fuel Oil Merchants Association of New Jersey
- The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced the creation of the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Fund (UST Fund), a grant and loan program providing financial assistance for the replacement of both leaking and non-leaking underground storage tanks in New Jersey.
Changes in New Jersey's oil tank legislation have added a non-leaking tank component to the original UST Fund, which would allow grants for proactive removal and replacement of homeowner heating oil tanks. The program is available for both homeowners and commercial property owners. The Underground Oil Storage Tank UST Fund is co-administered by the NJDEP and the New Jersey Economic Department Authority (NJEDA). Certain eligibility requirements apply to both leaking and non-leaking oil tank programs.
Massachusetts: the MA DEP does not describe financial assistance for UST removal but does offer some helpful advice for homeowners from which we excerpt or adapt these remarks:
... removal contractors generally charge between $1000 and $2,500+ depending on tank size, location, accessibilty
... For the best price, shop around and get cost estimates from your oil company, if they perform removals, as well as from several contractors.
Typically, leaving a tank in place will be allowed only if its removal will jeopardize the structural integrity of your home. Even if the fire department permits you to leave your tank in place, you will need to have it cleaned and the area around and underneath must be checked for contamination. Once the area is determined clean, the fire department will permit filling with sand or concrete.
Getting this done will cost somewhat more than having your tank removed from the ground. In addition, should you decide to sell your home, a bank or the buyer may ask for more environmental testing or the removal of the tank, which could make leaving your tank in place costlier than taking it out of the ground at the start.
New York State Financial Aid for Oil Tank Replacement: There is recent oil tank closure aid legislation for oil tanks in New York State.
for tax years beginning in 2001 and 2002, a taxpayer will be allowed a credit for the removal, permanent closure or installation of a below-ground or above-ground residential fuel oil storage tank used to provide heating fuel for single- to four-family residences located in New
The amount of the credit is equal to the sum of (1) the costs of removal of an existing unprotected below-ground or above-ground residential fuel oil tank, not to exceed $250; (2) the costs of permanently closing an existing unprotected below-ground or above-ground residential fuel oil tank, not to exceed $250; and (3) the purchase and installation costs of a new below-ground or above-ground residential fuel oil storage tank, where such tank is used in place of a formerly used unprotected below-ground or above-ground residential fuel oil tank and provided that such
unprotected tank was removed or permanently closed during the taxable year or the immediately preceding taxable year, not to exceed $250.
The costs of (1), (2), and (3) may be used only once with respect to a particular residence in computing the credit. A taxpayer can carry over to future tax years any amount of the credit that is in excess of the taxpayer's tax liability for that year. (See Tax Law, section 606(p-1)) -- See http://www.tax.state.ny.us/pdf/memos/income/m00_4i.pdf
Locating areas of oil spill in New York's Long Island: see http://www.toxicstargeting.com for maps of oil spills
Oregon See the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Heating Oil Tanks Program: the Oregon DEQ's web page on heating oil tank decommissioning provides access to state oil tank regulations and FAQs. The Oregon DEQ maintains a list of licensed heating oil tank (HOT) decommissioning contractors and recommends that you use a licensed service provider. Oregon regulates underground oil storage tanks (USTs); the state does not regulate above ground oil storage tanks (ASTs). When a UST is removed a "HOT Certification Report" is filed with the DEQ. Typical UST decommissioning project costs in Oregon are in the $1,200 to $5,000. range depending on whether or not cleanup is needed.
Telephone: Oregon DEQ HOT program: 1-800-742-7878 - Contact the DEQ to ask for information to be mailed
Telephone: Oregon HOT oil tank specialists: 503-229-6170 - contac an Oregon DEQ heating oil tank specialist [after you have read the rules and regulations]
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Headquarters: 811 SW Sixth Ave., Portland, OR 97204-1390
Phone: 503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon 1-800-452-4011
Oregon HOT "Generic Remedy" for leaky USTs - Quoting from the above source: The heating oil tank generic remedy is one of several approaches for addressing heating oil contamination. The generic remedy involves property where some low-level contamination can remain at the site. This may involve some soil removal to achieve the requirements. This method cannot be used for sites with groundwater present in the area of the tank.
Vermont Financial Aid for Oil Tank Replacement: Southeastern Vermont Community Action: Sevca.org: (email to SEVCA at this address generally does not work). Contact Peter Bilodeau email@example.com 800-464-9951 X 134
Information about checking the level of oil in your oil tank: (802) 885-6153
Fuel Emergency: 1-800-287-0589
Oil leak problems in Vermont: Waste Management Division Maria Stadlmayer (802) 241-3881 may be able to provide grant assistance
SEVCA covers an area from White River Junction to Brattleboro, including towns in Windsor and Windham counties. The home offices are located in Westminster, Vermont at the intersection of Route 5 and the entrance ramp to Exit 5, I-91.
Virginia's underground oil storage tanks program: The Virginia Department of Envrionmental Quality (VA DEQ) manages a UST program focused on notifications, the administration of federal grant funds, and cleanup and related UST activities in that state. See http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/
Wisconsin Financial Aid to remove/replace Farm & Residential Petroleum Storage Tanks:: Financial aid is sometimes available to help pay for oil tank or oil spillcleanup. A program is described at this .pdf file: clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/pdf/add.storage.pdf
Federal aid for leak cleanups at gas stations: see http://www.epa.gov/OUST/directiv/965011ac.htm
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home buyer caught by leaky oil tank in Illinois
(Apr 26, 2014) Cynthia Perrell said:
We were not disclosed during the closing of our house in 2009 and just recently we found that we did have an abandoned oil tank. We're looking for assistance to help pay for the oil tank removal in Illinois. Is there ANY assistance of any kind? We've already been through so many hardship and yet there's so much repairs yet to do. If anyone knows of where we can get help, it would be truly appreciated! Thanks!
Cynthia Illinois does have a financial aid program for UST removal subject to a number of terms and condtions, of which the one that is bad news for you is
"The UST must not be classified as a farm or residential heating oil tank."
More information about the Illinois UST program will appear in our article above asap, probably by the time you read this.
Question: Oregon homeowner seeks oil tank HOT removal financial aid
13 April 2015 CHARLA WILCOX said:
Does Oregon have a financial aid program for residential oil tank removal and clean-up if the tank is considered HOT?
"HOT" in Oregon's DEQ parlance, just means "Heating Oil Tank" not hot in temperature nor anything else. I will add Oregon's information to the article above in the next 30 minutes. There is no mention of a financial assistance program from the Oregon DEQ but depending on your circumstances you might find assitance from other Oregon agencies. Let me know what questions remain.
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