Underground Storage Tanks
Putting people to work while restoring our land and protecting our groundwater
Neighborhoods are often plagued by contamination from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs). Contamination seeps underground – tainting soil and drinking water sources. Often, facilities are abandoned or under state enforcement orders for clean up by unwilling owners.
In Region 4, more than 152,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) store petroleum or hazardous substances that can potentially harm the environment and human health, if the contents are released. Last year, 1,661 releases were reported from USTs in Region 4.
Last year, Region 4 awarded more than $9.5 million in UST Trust Fund cleanup grants, and completed 3,204 cleanups. However, there still more than 29,000 cleanups awaiting to be completed.
The Recovery Act will send much needed federal dollars to our states to further assess and cleanup past releases from regulated underground storage tanks. Infusion of critically needed dollars - over 4.5 times the typical annual funding for Region 4 - will help speed recovery and investment in many of our communities, while working to clean up LUST sites.
Recovery Act Underground Storage Tanks Projects Where You Live
These information sheets provide details regarding the assistance agreements awarded by EPA regional underground storage tank programs to states and territories. States in Region 4 received a total of $43.1 million, allocated as listed below. Read about specific LUST Recovery Act assistance agreements to assess and clean up underground storage tank leaks. Note: Information provided here comes from the EPA/state assistance agreement.
Explore this link to learn more about LUST Recovery Act money for assessing and cleaning up underground storage tank leaks.
To learn more about general underground storage tanks issues in Region 4, see: