EPA National Database for UST and LUST – Webinar

Working with State partners, EPA has developed the first comprehensive national database on underground storage tank facilities, underground storage tanks, and leaking underground storage tanks. This data, including geospatial data, will assist States and stakeholders in identifying facilities that may be prone to flooding and assessing potential risk to ground water and vapor intrusion from LUST sites as well as in prioritizing cleanup efforts. Additionally, this database provides key data on the tanks infrastructure nationally, including the tank age and type.

On October 10, 2019, ASTSWMO hosted a webinar to share the application with States. EPA will make the database publicly available at a later date.

UST Insurance Brochure

This Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials created the UST Insurance Brochure to provide some basic information that will help in the selection and evaluation of private underground storage tank (UST) insurance. It was specifically designed as a template to allow individual States to edit information as needed. The yellow highlighted words and citations are possible locations for State inserts and changes. For State Program Approval (SPA) States, please use your State citation instead of the federal citation listed. For non-SPA States, you can add your State requirement in addition to the federal citation if desired. Reformatting may be necessary if changes are made to the brochure.

UST Insurance Brochure and Introduction (PDF)
UST Insurance Brochure Template (Word)

UST Financial Responsibility Insurance Submittal Checklist for Regulators

The State Fund-Financial Responsibility (SF-FR) Task Force created the UST Financial Responsibility Insurance Submittal Checklist to assist States in their evaluation of policies submitted by UST owners/operators for FR compliance. This checklist offers easy to follow yes/no questions and a documentation list that regulators will find to be a valuable resource in their reviews. A Word template is included for States who wish to modify the template for their use.

Insurance Submittal Checklist and Introduction (PDF)
Insurance Submittal Checklist Template (Word)

Ability to Pay Policy Template and Forms

This document provides a general policy for ability to pay settlements in which an entity’s financial ability to pay is a significant consideration. An ability to pay settlement allows a business or an individual to settle the State’s environmental liability claim for less than the full amount, and it may be a legitimate option if a company or an individual cannot pay the full liability, or if in doing so, it creates a financial hardship. The document also includes two template forms for collecting information from individuals and businesses.
All or part of these policies and forms may be adapted by States into the regulatory framework of their unique programs.

Summary of State Programs and Data on Abandoned Underground Storage Tanks and Facilities

From 2016-2017, the ASTSWMO State Fund-Financial Responsibility Task Force requested information about abandoned USTs and facilities from all State UST programs, and received responses from 31 States. This report summarizes and compiles the responses received, which includes information on how States fund the removal and cleanup of abandoned USTs and facilities; how many abandoned USTs and facilities, and at what costs, have these States addressed; and what incentives or unique programs do States have for addressing abandoned USTs and facilities.

Summary of State Fund Demands and Recoveries

The ASTSWMO State Fund-FR Task Force compiled the attached spreadsheet and documentation that describe demands and recoveries against UST owners and operators concerning “double dipping.” Double dipping refers to monetary settlements reached by owners and operators with their insurers for UST cleanup issues where State Funds have provided reimbursement for the same costs and the monetary settlement was not returned to the State. Many State Fund managers are working on their own or with a national group of attorneys to try to recover monies legitimately due back to the State Funds. This may involve local or multi-State owners and operators. The intent of this resource is to chronicle demands and recoveries made by the various State Funds. The spreadsheet includes only summaries and documentation provided to ASTSWMO by State programs. Contact State Fund-FR Task Force members or ASTSWMO staff if you request other demands and/or recoveries cases in your State be added to the document.