- The Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Program (UST Program) was established to administer the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund (Fund) which was created in in 1991 pursuant to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 21J. The purpose of M.G.L. c.21J is to prevent the need for environmental cleanup actions and to expedite environmental cleanup actions by providing partial reimbursement to owners or operators of UST systems for costs, expenses and other obligations incurred as a result of releases of petroleum products from UST systems. The UST Program also allows for reimbursement for any claims for bodily injury, property damage, and damage to natural resources which are assessed against an owner or operator of a UST system... More
- The Cities and Towns Municipal Grants Program was also established in 1991 pursuant to MGL c21J and MGL c148 s37A. The purpose is to provide up to 50 percent reimbursement to local jurisdictions for costs they incur in removing and/or replacing underground storage tanks. Cities and towns must first remove and/or replace a tank at their own expense, then file a grant with the program for reimbursement. To date, the program has awarded nearly $9.4 million to governmental bodies. Grant application forms can be found on the UST Forms page... Learn more about the program
New Claim Application Filing Policy
In accordance with a January 26, 2017 UST Board approved policy, the UST Program will no longer be accepting hard copy (i.e. paper) Applications for Reimbursement that are incomplete or contain incorrect information. If this information is missing, the UST Program cannot enter the claim into the eUST system and the claim will be returned to the Claimant or Preparer that sent the claim. Typical filing errors include, missing signatures, incorrect facility or facility owner information, missing Owner Authorization forms, and missing or incomplete Appendix 4A data. It is important to note that only a claim that is complete and able to be entered into eUST will receive an official “received date”.
To avoid these filing problems, you are strongly encouraged to file all applications through eUST, which validates the information during the claim preparation and submission process. If you are unable to obtain a completed and executed Owner Authorization form, we suggest you consult the UST Board policy entitled “Policy for Claimant Unable to Obtain Owner Authorization” at the following URL Policy for Claimants Unable to Obtain Owner Authorization.pdf. See what else is new with UST