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Assessment & cleanup work that states in Region 5 will perform with LUST Recovery Act money

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In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress appropriated $200 million from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to EPA for assessing and cleaning up leaks from underground storage tanks. EPA allocated the vast majority of that money to state and territorial underground storage tank programs because they are the primary implementers of the underground storage tank program. This money will pay for activities at shovel-ready sites and may be used either to:

States in Region 5 received a total of $37 million, allocated as listed below. Read about specific LUST Recovery Act assistance agreements to assess and clean up underground storage tank leaks. Note that information provided here comes from the EPA/state assistance agreement. Activities described are subject to change.

Region 5 Underground Storage Tanks/Leaking Underground Tanks (UST/LUST)


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency -- $7.4 Million

Awarded - 07/23/2009

Summary Of Work - The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) will use the LUST Recovery Act money to perform site assessments and remedial actions at petroleum contamination at sites throughout the state.

As of July, 2009, 28 sites throughout Illinois have been identified as orphaned or abandoned sites that are eligible for ARRA funding but for which adequate funding is not available to conduct additional assessment or clean-up. Some sites may be removed from the list and others added as the site assessment activities are completed.

Illinois EPA's State Sites Unit (SSU) has numerous umbrella contracts in place with corrective action, architecture, and engineering firms to conduct this work. SSU has overseen investigations, cleanups, and remedial work at over 100 sites under these contracts. In addition, SSU will implement greener practices in all of their remedial work.

Illinois EPA will provide continuous updates through its Recovery Act web site.Exit EPA Disclaimer Information will focus on project description, location, actions taken to date, funding breakdown, and jobs created/retained.

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Indiana -- $4.0 Million

Awarded - 07/16/2009

Summary Of Work - The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and the Indiana Brownfields Program (Program), on behalf of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), will use the LUST Recovery Act money to perform site assessments and remedial actions at petroleum-contaminated sites throughout the state.

The 25 proposed shovel-ready sites throughout Indiana have been identified as orphaned or abandoned sites that are eligible for ARRA funding but for which adequate funding is not available to conduct assessment or clean-up. Some sites may be removed from the list and others added as the site assessment activities are completed. As of September 21, 2009, site work is underway at 14 sites with a total projected cost of $1.46 million. An estimated 36 USTs will be removed in order to undertake site cleanup, which will include the excavation of 11,200 tons of contaminated soil, resulting in the cleanup of 6.56 acres of property.

The Program is utilizing firms qualified by the IFA in May 2009 to conduct the LUST ARRA work. Updates on site-specific progress and related grant reporting are available from the Program's web site and the State's ARRA web site, links for which are available below.

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Michigan -- $7.1 Million

Awarded - 08/04/2009

Summary Of Work - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will use the LUST Recovery Act money to work directly on petroleum contaminated sites that lack a known or viable responsible party. They have identified 10 sites so far that meet the eligibility criteria of the LUST Recovery Act funding, and have the potential to meet both the economic stimulus and environmental benefit measures. Additional eligible sites will be added to the list soon to fully ensure the total grant award will be expended during the grant term.

Michigan DEQ will provide quarterly updates through its Recovery Act web site and other required reporting locations. Information will focus on the required data reporting elements, including jobs created/retained.

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Minnesota -- $4.2 Million

Awarded - 07/16/2009

Summary of Work - The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will use the LUST Recovery Act money to work directly on petroleum contaminated sites that lack a viable responsible party. They have identified approximately 75 sites that fit the eligibility criteria of the LUST Recovery Act funding, and have the potential to meet both the economic stimulus and environmental benefit measures. The LUST stimulus funding will be used to complete environmental assessments and any necessary cleanups at these sites. MPCA will take over sites without viable responsible parties and complete the work using an existing contract. The process used for identifying and taking over these non-viable RP sites is a longstanding legal process.

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Ohio -- $8.0 Million

Awarded - 07/16/2009

Summary Of Work - The Ohio Department of Commerce (ODOC) will use the LUST Recovery money to perform site assessments and remedial actions at petroleum contaminated sites throughout Ohio.

As of summer of 2009, 50 sites throughout Ohio have been identified as eligible for ARRA funding. Some sites may be removed from the list and others added as the site assessment activities are completed.

As of September 2009, ODOC is in the process of drafting the Request For Proposal and the next steps are advertising and pre-bid meetings; no projects have begun.

ODOC will provide continuous updates through their web site. Information will focus on project description with location, actions taken to date, funding breakdown, and jobs created/retained.

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Please note the information provided here comes from the EPA/state assistance agreement. Activities described are subject to change.

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Wisconsin -- $6.4 Million

Awarded - 07/23/2009

Summary Of Work - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) will use the LUST Recovery Act money to perform site assessments and remedial actions at petroleum contamination sites throughout the state.

300 sites throughout Wisconsin have been identified as orphaned or abandoned sites that are eligible for ARRA funding which adequate funding is not available to conduct additional assessments or clean-up. Some sites may be removed from the list and others added as the site assessment activities are completed.

WDNR will provide continuous updates through their web site. Information will focus on project description with location, actions taken to date, funding breakdown, and jobs created/retained.

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