The 2000 Legislature passed SB 197, which authorizes a voluntary abandoned underground storage tank removal project. The bill authorizes the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to remove tanks that qualify and the Petroleum Release Compensation Fund (PRCF) to pay for the removal and any necessary environmental cleanup.
SB 197 was written to finish the storage tank cleanups that started in 1988. If those abandoned tanks targeted in the bill remain in the ground, any hydrocarbon contaminants still in the tanks will leak out over time.
Abandoned petroleum and waste oil tanks located at gas stations or Commercial motor fuel vendors that closed before April 1, 1988.
Abandoned waste oil tanks located at commercial motor fuel vendors or noncommercial operations
Abandoned petroleum tanks located at noncommercial operations.
Abandoned petroleum storage tanks located at gas stations or commercial motor fuel vendors that closed on or after April 1, 1988.
Abandoned underground storage tanks that are inaccessible (for example, under an existing building).
Abandoned tanks that did not contain petroleum products.
Abandoned aboveground storage tanks.
Owner completes the tank forms
To apply, owners must complete the form for Abandoned Tank Removal. By completing and signing the form, owners are: