Underground Storage Tank Sites
An underground storage tank (UST) system is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. Underground storage tank sites are sites that contain contamination from petroleum products or other substances classified as hazardous by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that were released from Underground Storage Tanks.
- Underground Storage Tank Program Background
- Reuse and Redevelopment of Underground Storage Tank Sites
- Underground Storage Tank Reuse Activities and Initiatives
- Underground Storage Tank Reuse Partnerships
- Underground Storage Tank Sites in Region 7
- Underground Storage Tank Tools & Resources
- Underground Storage Tank Contacts
Underground Storage Tank Program Background
About 680,000 underground storage tank systems (USTs) nationwide store petroleum or hazardous substances that can harm the environment and human health if the USTs release their stored contents. The Underground Storage Tank Program in Region 7 works to prevent the release of petroleum and other products stored in underground tanks. More information about the UST Program.
In addition, the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Program works with states and tribes in Region 7 to clean up known releases from USTs using a federal trust fund, as well as state insurance and cleanup funds. More information on cleaning up UST releases.
Reuse and Redevelopment of Underground Storage Tank Sites
Of the estimated 450,000 brownfield sites in the United States, a substantial number are believed to be impacted by underground storage tanks or some type of petroleum contamination. The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is responsible for promoting the cleanup of leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites. One key element of this cleanup activity is to work together with federal, state, and local organizations and private partners to foster the reuse and subsequent economic recovery of petroleum-contaminated sites. More information on reusing UST and petroleum sites.
Underground Storage Tank Reuse Activities and Initiatives
To encourage the reuse of abandoned properties contaminated with petroleum from underground storage tanks, EPA has created a number of initiatives related to sites and properties complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination from underground storage tanks.
- Petroleum Brownfields are sites such as gas stations or industrial and retail properties that contain, or are perceived to be, relatively low-risk petroleum sites that are eligible for Brownfields assessment and cleanup grant funding.
- EPA USTfields Initiative was a pilot program to promote: the importance of public-private partnerships; the critical role of the state as the primary implementing agency; and the leveraging of private funds to maximize cleanups.
Underground Storage Tank Reuse Partnerships
- USTfield Initiative Partnerships. Through its USTfields Initiative, EPA has partnered with state and local government agencies in an effort to facilitate the assessment and cleanup of petroleum-impacted underground storage tank sites.
- Retail/Commercial Partnerships (PDF) (4 pp,13 K, about PDF). EPA is looking for private sector partnerships with companies willing to promote retail/commercial reuses by locating and opening new operations on properties contaminated with petroleum.
- Residential Partnerships (PDF) (4 pp,13 K, about PDF). To promote residential development and housing, EPA is working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Habitat for Humanity International, and other organizations to create an opportunity to reuse petroleum contaminated brownfield sites and properties for public and private housing.
Underground Storage Tank Sites in Region 7
EPA maintains a catalogue of UST sites and properties where pollution is being or has been cleaned up across the US. Sites are organized by region and state, and allow you to find site summaries, site profiles, contacts, and fact sheets.
- Information about existing USTfield pilot grant recipients in Region 7.
- Petroleum Brownfield grant recipients in Region 7.
Underground Storage Tank Tools & Resources
EPA and Region 7 have developed many tools and resources that can help implement redevelopment activities at contaminated sites and properties. Many states and other stakeholders also have developed useful materials. Most of these tools are available electronically through this website.