Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board
About the Board
The Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board (“the Board”) consists of government and industry representatives and has the primary responsibility of administering the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Fund (“the Fund”). The Fund is a source of money derived from mandatory per-tank fees and is available to eligible underground storage tank owners for the reimbursement of petroleum release cleanup costs.
The Board does not issue permits for tank removal, installation, or repair and does not supervise the clean up of releases. Instead, these things are done by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), an agency under the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s authority.
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The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081. The Board meeting will be live-streamed via ZOOM. Information on how the public may view the meeting through ZOOM will be provided at a later date.
Rules Committee Meeting
There will be a Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081. The meeting will follow the Board meeting, which is anticipated to conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m. In accordance with section 106.03 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board reviews each of its rules every five years to determine whether to continue without change, amend, or rescind its rules. All of the Board’s rules are scheduled for review as part of the five-year rule review process.
In accordance with the requirements of Chapter 107. of the Ohio Revised Code, all interested parties are invited to attend, and all parties in attendance at that time will have the opportunity to provide comment.
The 2024 calendar year’s Board meeting schedule and minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page. If you wish to be placed on an email list to receive information concerning the meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-224-4659.
The State of Ohio is a disability inclusion state. We promote access to our meetings, trainings, and events. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Board’s ADA Coordinator, John Hickey, at 614-752-8963 or email@example.com as soon as possible. Requests made 14 days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the Board will make every effort to meet requests made after that date. Information concerning Disability Inclusion Access is available by clicking here.
Key Claim Filing Information
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Fees for 2024
· 2023 Certificates of Coverage
The 2023 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed. Certificates are printed and mailed weekly. To check the status of your Certificate and verify the receipt of fee payment, visit the Board’s public inquiry web page at www.petroboardinquiry.org. Click here to review the 2023 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
· Rule Amendment
On July 1, 2023, an amendment to the Board’s rule 3737-1-04 became effective. The amendment is to address concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the issuance of a certificate of coverage for a newly installed underground storage tank system and the timeframe for transferring a certificate of coverage to a new responsible person.
Information about the rule amendment is available on the Register of Ohio website.
· Reimbursable Mileage Rate
The Fund’s reimbursable mileage rate is based on the General Services Administration’s privately owned vehicle reimbursable mileage rate in effect at the time of travel. As of January 1, 2023, that rate is $0.655 per mile. The General Services Administration’s mileage rates are available at www.gsa.gov/mileage.
· Considering Purchasing a Tank?
The Board’s rules require the purchaser of petroleum underground storage tank(s) to pay a $500 per facility transfer fee plus any unpaid fees, including late payment fees, owed for the tank(s). Click here for more information about this rule as well as a list of items to consider before and after purchasing underground tanks.
· Ability to Pay Program
The Board authorized an “Ability to Pay Program” whereby previous owners and/or operators of petroleum USTs experiencing financial difficulty may apply for and receive a determination of their ability to pay delinquent Fund fees. In order to qualify for the program, the responsible person cannot currently own or operate petroleum USTs. If the responsible person is an individual, the responsible person should submit the Individual Ability to Pay Fees application. If the responsible person is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, submit the Corporate Ability to Pay Fees application.
· Unclaimed Monies
Check out the Board’s unclaimed monies list to see if you are entitled to a refund of fees!
Phone: (614) 752-8963 · Toll Free Phone: (800) 224-4659 · Fax: (614) 752-8397 · P.O. Box 2280 Westerville, OH 43086-2280