The national UST program has cleaned up over 505,000 leaking UST (LUST) releases in its history, and approximately 60,000 LUST releases remain as of March 2022.
The ASTSWMO LUST Task Force has compiled information and lessons learned from across the nation for several factors that affect cleanup as a resource for States and Territories to help address the remaining LUST releases.
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.
Through the years, State programs have evolved to assist our community leaders and developers in decision-making processes related to redevelopment of LUST sites. The LUST Task Force developed this webpage to present information on redevelopment stories that have occurred in States across the country. Updates to this webpage will be prepared periodically.
In 2013, the Tanks Subcommittee’s LUST Task Force requested information from all States and Territories to determine what activites the tanks programs are taking to identify and remediate the lead scavengers 1,2-dibromoethane (EDB) and 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2 DCA). Thirty-five States responded and the Task Force found that there continues to be great variation from State to State on how lead scavenger issues are addressed, which is summarized in this report.
The Tanks Subcommittee developed the fact sheet to summarize information, guidance, and budget information specific to the LUST Trust Fund. The Trust Fund provides federal funding to support the U.S. EPA’s, States’, Territories, and Tribal LUST prevention and response programs.
NOTE: A typo error in the original release stated that the LUST Trust Fund is financed by a “0.01 tax”. The LUST Trust Fund is financed by a 0.1 cent tax (10x $0.01). The Fact Sheet has been updated to correct this error.
The LUST Task Force developed this compendium to present information on emergency response actions that have occurred in States across the country. UST programs across the country require reporting, initial abatement measures, and free product removal activities to occur immediately upon discovery of a release to protect human health and the environment. Updates to this compendium will be prepared periodically.
The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Tanks Subcommittee, through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Task Force, is providing the following comments to the April 2013 draft guidance titled, “Guidance for Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites-External Draft Review.”
This fact sheet is intended to be used by State and Territorial regulators who oversee the investigation and cleanup of petroleum releases at LUST sites and summarizes background information on green remediation techniques applied at the retail gasoline station scale.
This Status Report was developed for State and Territorial regulators who oversee the investigation and cleanup of petroleum products that have leaked from underground storage tanks and summarizes background information on petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI), identifies problems and needs, and describes possible solutions and a future course of action.