Program to encourage early compliance with the new federal petroleum underground storage tank (UST) regulations that were adopted by the State in 2018.
The 2000 Legislature passed SB 197, which authorizes a voluntary abandoned underground storage tank removal project.
Tank system owners and operators (managers) of any regulated Underground Storage Tank System (Regulated Facility) are required to complete a department-approved training program on the proper operation of tank systems.
Forms & documents related to PRCF.
Policy of the PRCF regarding the eligibility of expenses for services when the work is to be permormed by a certified release remediator or assessor.
To assist in the cleanup of certain petroleum releases; to determine the amount of reimbursement due to responsible parties for corrective actions they have taken and to provide a financial assurance mechanism that will comply with the federal and state financial responsibility requirements for regulated petroleum tank owners.
The Petroleum Release Compensation Fund (PRCF) is a state-operated program that can financially assist petroleum tank owners with the cleanup of petroleum releases. The PRCF has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency as an acceptable financial assurance mechanism for underground petroleum storage tanks that are regulated under 40 CFR part 280. The PRCF was established under the Petroleum Inspection and Release Compensation Act in 1988.
The PRCF receives revenue from a $0.02 per gallon tank inspection fee. In Fiscal Year (FY) 20 the PRCF receives 19% of the revenues collected; the percentage is reduced by 1% per year until FY22 when the percentage will stabilize at 17%. The remainder goes to the Capitol Construction Fund, Ethanol Fuel Fund, and Ethanol Infrastructure Incentive Fund. The tank inspection fee is collected by the South Dakota Department of Revenue under a contract with the PRCF (full details can be found in SDCL 34A-13-20).
The PRCF is administered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Secretary of DENR is advised by a 5-member citizen's board appointed by the Governor. There are offices in Pierre and Mitchell.
A responsible person or a person who has custody of a responsible person's property is eligible to apply for financial assistance from the PRCF. The term "responsible person" refers to the person who owned or operated a tank or tank system during or after a release. A person who is eligible for financial assistance from the PRCF is called a "covered party". Most tank owners are automatically covered. Pre-registration with the PRCF is not required.
The PRCF provides financial assistance by reimbursing a covered party for certain expenses incurred as a result of petroleum cleanup efforts. The covered party can submit an application to the PRCF when they either suspect or have documented a petroleum release.
Yes. There is a $10,000 deductible per occurrence.
The PRCF can cover necessary and reasonable expenses up to $1,000,000 per occurrence, less a $10,000 deductible. The PRCF provides $2,000,000 aggregate coverage per year for tank owners with more than one site with a petroleum release.
Yes, but there are not many. Most petroleum storage tanks that have leaked or had a spill are covered, including both underground tanks and above-ground tanks. Contact the PRCF office for more information.
No. Anyone who has had a leak or spill from a petroleum tank, or owns property where a release took place can apply for reimbursement of cleanup expenses. This includes homeowners, non-profit organizations, businesses, governmental units and farmers as well as petroleum marketers.
Necessary and reasonable costs associated with the cleanup of a petroleum spill can be considered for reimbursement. This includes environmental consulting expenses for site assessments as well as actual cleanup expenses. Costs for upgrading existing equipment or for making improvements to the property are specifically excluded from coverage.
The PRCF provides two levels of review. First, a claims investigator will review site conditions, expense invoices and other documentation to assure that the work was actually performed as required and any materials or equipment meets the necessary specifications. The PRCF claims investigators and engineering staff will then evaluate the expenses for necessity and reasonableness.
Generally, costs incurred under an order or recommendation from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or the PRCF are considered "necessary". Necessary costs are only reimbursable if the PRCF has given approval before they are incurred. Reasonableness is determined by a number of factors, including site-specific conditions and local market trends. Tools used by the PRCF for determining reasonableness include internal cost screening guidelines for both contractor work and environmental consulting services, competitive quotes and a specialized computer model for estimating cleanup expenses.
Any payment decision made by the PRCF can be appealed for further consideration by the PRCF Board. The appeal procedure is established in the South Dakota Administrative Procedures Act, SDCL ch. 1-26.
In most cases, supplemental insurance coverage is not required by EPA or the state. The PRCF has been approved the EPA as a full coverage program that meets the financial responsibility requirements for both corrective action and third-party liability coverage. However, full coverage is not provided under certain circumstances. For example, if a petroleum release was reported prior to April 1, 1990, the PRCF does not provide coverage for third-party liability. Contact the PRCF office for more information.
Yes, but the PRCF will only reimburse second to other insurance.
A claims representative of the PRCF will contact you under the following circumstances:
Our claims representative will work with you throughout your project to help assemble the necessary documentation to file a claim. Of course, you are welcome to contact the PRCF anytime and do not necessarily have to wait for a PRCF investigator to contact you first.
The consultants who conduct or oversee petroleum cleanups in South Dakota must be certified. You can obtain an up-to-date list of certified professionals or apply for certification by contacting the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions at (605) 394-2510 or by visiting dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/btp/default.aspx.
The PRCF can consider a claim for reimbursement only when the following requirements have been met:
The PRCF can usually complete the review of a claim within 30 days of the date of receipt. This can vary, depending on level of cleanup activity statewide and the number of claims pending. Also, some claims take longer to review due to their complexity or because of difficulty in obtaining documentation. Reimbursement checks are usually mailed within one week after the review has been completed.
Yes. A new owner can become a "covered party". However, the PRCF will only recognize one covered party at a time.
It is recommended that all covered parties consider the following:
821 N Capital St.
PO Box 1004
Mitchell SD 57301-1004
Brett Schutte, Environmental Scientist
Phone: (605) 995-8162