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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

A printer friendly version of general information and frequently asked questions is available by clicking here.

 

Where can I view the Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage?

Click here to view the 2016 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage

 Click here to view the 2015 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage

 

What information does the Board need to document the transfer of ownership of USTs?

  • The facility address where the transfer occurred

  • The number of USTs located at the facility

  • The date ownership transferred

  • The name, address, and phone number of the previous and new owner

When UST ownership is transferred, will coverage transfer to the new owner and can the deductible be changed?

Yes, coverage does transfer. Effective June 30, 2006, the new owner is required to pay a $500 transfer fee per facility; pay all outstanding prior year fees and penalties, if any; complete a statement of financial responsibility; and certify that the tanks are in compliance with BUSTR rules.

 

If the current coverage is at the reduced deductible ($11,000), it will transfer to the new owner provided he owns six or fewer USTs. If the new owner owns seven or more USTs, he is not eligible for the reduced deductible and the coverage will transfer at the standard deductible of $55,000.

However, if the current coverage is at the standard deductible and the new owner owns six or fewer USTs, the reduced deductible may be obtained by completing the items listed above and paying the full per tank fees at the rate for the reduced deductible.

What information does the Board need to document the installation of USTs at a facility? 

 

When installing petroleum underground storage tanks at a new or existing facility, owners must notify the Board in writing within 30 days. The owner may notify the Board by mailing or faxing a copy of the Tank Installation Notification Form, or by submitting a copy of the installation report.

 

What information does the Board need to document the removal of USTs from a facility?

 

The owner may mail or fax us a copy of the Tank Removal Notification Form. As an alternative, the owner may submit a copy of the narrative portion of the closure report, or a copy of the removal permit, signed and dated by the fire inspector.

 

If USTs are removed and the same number of USTs are installed at a facility, will coverage transfer?

 

In situations where a replacement of USTs occurs, coverage will transfer to the new USTs provided the removals took place immediately prior to the installations and ownership of both the removed and the installed tanks is the same. The owner should fax or mail a copy of the Tank Replacement Notification Form. In addition, the owner may forward a copy of the closure report and/or installation report to this office for documentation.

 

If tanks are removed or installed during the year, are fees pro-rated?

 

No, fees are assessed annually and are required for all petroleum USTs under ground at any time between July 1st and June 30th.

 

If tanks have been removed by June 30th, but the clean-up is not yet complete, do I still owe the annual fees?

No, fees are not required to be paid if the tanks have been removed before July 1st.

 

What resources are available for owners with limited funds?

 

The Linked Deposit Program makes available lower interest funds for the replacement and upgrade of tanks and tank systems. 

A tank owner with an approved Hardship Status is granted the benefit of an expedited claim review. 

A tank owner may contract with a consultant who is willing to accept a Direct Payment. 

 

I am considering purchasing property with ongoing remediation, and under the purchase agreement it is agreed that I will be continuing the clean-up. How do I get reimbursed?

 

The original tank owner, the one to whom the eligibility was granted, retains the responsibility for the remediation activities and costs. However, if both parties agree that the purchaser will pay for the corrective actions costs, a Direct Pay Agreement can be executed and any reimbursement of eligible corrective action costs will be made directly to the purchaser.

 

I received two eligibility determinations, each with $11,000 deductible. Does that mean I have to spend $22,000 before I get any reimbursement?

 

Not necessarily. As long as one of the releases has met the deductible, reimbursement can be made for that release. For example, there are three gasoline tanks in one excavation and a waste oil tank in another separate excavation. If the reimbursable corrective action costs for the gasoline tank release totals $15,000, then a reimbursement of $4,000 can be made. Meanwhile, if the reimbursable costs attributed to the waste oil tank release total only $2,000, this amount will simply be applied toward the separate $11,000 deductible and no reimbursement can be made for that release.

 

Are canceled checks the only method to demonstrate proof of payment?

 

Yes, canceled checks are the most desired method of documentation. The majority of tank owners are able to provide copies of canceled checks to demonstrate payments made for corrective actions. However, as a last resort, affidavits are available when canceled checks are not readily obtainable. This option, however, is subject to the Director’s approval.

 

What documentation is required in a claim application? 

To be considered for reimbursement, all corrective action costs must be submitted with a completed Claim Reimbursement Application available at www.petroboard.org/Pdfs/ClaimApplication.pdf. In addition, all costs must be documented by canceled checks and invoices. If a consultant/contractor used a subcontractor (such as a lab, driller, soil hauler, disposal facility, backfill supplier, etc.) for any of the work, the subcontractor invoice(s) must be included with the claim application. The invoices should be broken down on a time and material basis as much as possible. If you have any questions regarding claim documentation, please contact the Board’s staff.

I received my NFA, but my contractor charged me for well abandonment after the NFA date. Are those costs reimbursable?

 

Yes, the typical costs for well abandonment are reimbursable. 

 

What costs are subject to the Board’s mandatory pre-approval? Will the Board reimburse any of these costs if they were not submitted for pre-approval as required?

 

Effective September 18, 1999, a tank owner is required to submit the following program tasks to the Board for cost pre-approval at the same time they are required to be submitted to BUSTR:

  • Interim response action where prior approval of BUSTR is required

  • Remedial Action Plan (RAP) or revised Rap

  • Tier 3 evaluation plan

  • Monitoring plan in conjunction with a tier evaluation report or a tier 3 evaluation report

Effective July 1, 2003, new requirements of the pre-approval rule provide that, after initial pre-approval is granted, responsible persons must annually submit pre-approval applications to the Board’s Director for the RAPs and MPs, unless allowed otherwise by the Director.

 

Failure to submit these costs for pre-approval will result in a claim reimbursement no greater that 50 percent of the usual, customary, and reasonable costs of the least expensive corrective action alternative based on the Board’s experiences.

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