The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with ASTSWMO, conducts a survey of all State Financial Assurance Fund programs and provides results on their design characteristics, funding, and fund activity each year. Summary and results from 2021 are provided below.
Note: The 2021 Survey tables are the result of an abridged version of the State Fund Survey that differs from the surveys sent in recent years. ASTSWMO is in the process of updating the data collection and reporting processes to create a new “Annual Tanks Update,” which will include information from release prevention, remediation, and Fund and financial assurance programs. The new project will replace the Annual State Fund Survey
Abridged Annual Tanks Update – 2021
For archives of previous State Fund Surveys visit the Annual State Fund Survey Archives page.
Are you interested in learning more about ASTSWMO’s organization including our mission, membership, and activities? What about the mission and goals of the Tanks Subcommittee? This webinar provides an introduction to the Association – our structure what we do, who we represent – and information about the Tanks Subcommittee including their membership, activities, and benefits of participating on an active Task Force.
This position paper addresses open bermed containment systems at commercial retail fuel facilities that are used to meet the spill prevention equipment requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs) outlined in 40 CFR 280.20(c), and replaces ASTSWMO’s July 2016 position on these systems. The new document clarifies that ASTSWMO’s position addresses open bermed containment systems at retail fueling facilities, includes additional details about the construction and design of spill buckets vs open bermed containment systems, and new and updated references and resources.
Comments by the ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee regarding US EPA’s Proposed Rule for E15 Fuel Dispenser Labeling and Compatibility with Underground Storage Tanks (86 FR 5094) provided to EPA on April 15, 2021.
On January 19, 2021, EPA published a proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to modify E15 dispenser labels and revise UST system compatibility requirements. A summary of the proposal and links to the notice and Federal Register are available here.
During this meeting on February 16, 2021, ASTSWMO hosted leadership from EPA OUST to provide a short briefing on the proposed rulemaking – focusing on the UST provisions.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with ASTSWMO, developed UST Finder, a flexible web map application containing a comprehensive, state-sourced national map of underground storage tank (UST) and leaking UST (LUST) data. Using publicly available information, UST Finder provides the attributes and locations of active and closed USTs, UST facilities, and LUST sites from states as of 2018-2019. UST Finder contains information about proximity of UST facilities and LUST sites to: surface and groundwater public drinking water protection areas; estimated number of private domestic wells and number of people living nearby; and flooding and wildfires. UST Finder can import additional data layers and export UST facility and LUST site information for use by other software programs.
During this webinar Alex Hall and Fran Kremer from EPA’s Office of Research and Development introduced UST Finder to participants and highlighted the web application’s features and available data. UST Finder is accessible to the public here.
Several States have developed programs to safely remove these tanks and discover whether contamination has occurred. The State Fund-Financial Responsibility Task Force compiled these information sheets from State programs to highlight their efforts and to provide examples for other States who wish to develop similar programs. The compendium also identifies States with programs in place to help fund closure of abandoned underground storage tanks.