The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has established a program to encourage early compliance with the new federal petroleum underground storage tank (UST) regulations that were adopted by the State in 2018 with a compliance deadline of October 13, 2021 (2018 Rule Changes). As funding allows, up to the first 200 regulated petroleum UST systems that meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for a FREE initial site-specific investigation performed by the State. The site-specific investigation will determine whether a petroleum release has occurred from the tank system and whether additional risk assessment will be necessary by the tank owner. The information collected from the site-specific investigations will be used as part of a study by DENR to develop further guidelines for the need to perform environmental testing of suspected releases related to tank system upgrades and repairs.
Eligibility for the Incentive Program:
This incentive program does not pay for any testing, repair or replacement of tank system components. Any risk assessment or corrective action beyond the initial site-specific investigation performed by the DENR will be the responsibility of the tank owner, and subject to the current DENR Groundwater Quality and Petroleum Release Compensation Fund requirements. Any repair or replacement of tank system components must have prior approval by DENR.