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 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 to reimburse petroleum release clean up costs.
Please note: 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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PROPOSED RULE AMENDMENTS
At its June 13, 2018 meeting, the Board voted to amend a number of its rules. Click here to review the proposed rule amendments and for information concerning the filing of the proposed amendments with the Governor’s Common Sense Initiative Office.
· Board Meeting
The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081. Click here for a schedule of 2018 calendar year’s Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page.
· 2018 Certificates of Coverage
The 2018 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed and between July 1 and August 15, 2018, Certificates will be 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. If you have made payment, and do not receive your Certificate by August 15, 2018, please contact the Board’s office at 614-752-8963 or 1-800-224-4659. Click here to review the 2018 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
· Tank Fee Decrease for 2018
At its March meeting, the Board adopted an amendment to Ohio Administrative Code 3737-1-04 to reduce the annual Financial Assurance Fund fee from $400 per tank to $350 per tank for coverage at the standard $55,000 deductible. This rule change will also decrease the per-tank fee for coverage at the reduced $11,000 deductible from $600 per tank to $550 per tank.
· Reimbursable Mileage Rate
Effective October 1, 2012, 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, 2018, that rate is $0.545 per mile. Incurred mileage costs are reimbursed by the Fund at the rate in effect at the time of travel. For instance, mileage costs incurred on October 1, 2011 will be reimbursed by the Fund at the rate in effect on October 1, 2011 or $0.45 per mile. You can view the General Services Administration’s mileage rates at www.gsa.gov/mileage. For questions regarding the reimbursable mileage rate, please contact us.
· 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 Financial Assurance Fund fees. In order to qualify for the program, the responsible person cannot currently own or operate petroleum USTs and if applicable, must have received a determination of no further action from the fire marshal for any release for which eligibility to claim against the Fund was granted. If the responsible person is an individual, the responsible person may submit the Individual Ability to Pay Fees application. If the responsible person is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, please submit the Corporate Ability to Pay Fees application. For assistance with completing the application, please contact us.
· Considering Purchasing a Tank?
The Board’s rules require the purchaser of underground storage tank(s) to pay a $500 per facility transfer fee plus any unpaid fees and/or penalties owed on 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.
· Unclaimed Monies
Check out our unclaimed monies list to see if you are entitled to a refund of fees!
Phone: (614) 752-8963 · Ohio Toll Free Phone: (800) 224-4659 · Fax: (614) 752-8397 · P.O. Box 2280 Westerville, OH 43086-2280