Recovery Act Money To Clean Up Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
Putting people to work to clean up our land and protect our groundwater
Underground Storage Tank Program - In Region 7, about 31,313 underground storage tanks (USTs) store petroleum or hazardous substances that can harm the environment and human health if the USTs release their stored contents. Last year, nearly 241 releases were reported from underground storage tanks in Region 7. Today, about 5,310 cleanups are waiting to be completed. Learn about Underground Storage Tanks in Region 7.
Neighborhoods are often plagued by contamination from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs). Contamination seeps underground, tainting soil and water sources. Often, facilities are abandoned or under state enforcement orders for cleanup by unwilling owners. Last year, Region 7 states received about $5.8 million (non-Recovery Act funds) and completed about 649 cleanups.
Recovery Act of 2009 - The Recovery Act sends much needed federal dollars to assess and clean up underground storage tank leaks. Infusion of critically needed dollars - over twice the typical annual funding for the four Region 7 states - will help speed recovery and investment in many of our communities. Learn about underground storage tanks cleanup funding from the Recovery Act
Recovery Act Clean Water Projects Where You Live
Learn specific information about underground storage tanks projects in the Region 7 states. Keep checking back here to find out how the Recovery Plan is helping communities clean up areas contaminated by leaks from underground storage tanks.