Region 8

Recovery Act: Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided EPA with $200 million for the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to assess and clean up leaks from underground storage tanks.  EPA has allocated the majority of these resources to state and territorial underground storage tank programs which will identify and fund activities at “shovel-ready” sites.  Recovery Act LUST funds may be used to:

  • Oversee assessing and cleaning up underground storage tank leaks, or
  • Directly pay for assessing and cleaning up leaks from federally regulated tanks where the responsible party is unknown, unwilling, or unable, or where the cleanup is an emergency response. 

Region 8 states will use Recovery Act funds to assess and cleanup petroleum releases from leaking underground storage tank sites.  Funding will be used primarily for “shovel-ready” site assessment and cleanup activities at orphaned or abandoned sites, where the owners/operators of the sites are unknown or unable to pay.  The purpose of these funds is to clean up contaminated LUST sites effectively, maximize job creation and retention, and provide economic and environmental benefits in our region’s communities.

States in Region 8 received a total of $7,948,000, allocated as listed below.  This information is from EPA/state assistance agreements and is subject to change. 

Colorado Department of Labor & Employment -- $2,540,000
Awarded – 07/06/2009
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Montana Department of Environmental Quality -- $1,301,000
Awarded – 06/29/2009
For More Information – Montana Department of Environmental Quality

South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources -- $1,249,000
Awarded – 07/06/2009
For More Information – South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Utah Department of Environmental Quality -- $1,929,000
Awarded – 07/06/2009
For More Information – Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality -- $929,000
Awarded – 07/06/2009
For More Information – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality


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