- 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
Effective January 2, 2015, MassDEP promulgated regulations for the construction, operation, and maintenance of USTs (310 CMR 80.00). Concurrently, the previous Department of Fire Services regulations that regulated USTs (527 CMR 9.00) were repealed. Effective January 26, 2015, the UST Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund Administrative Review Board voted to adopt the MassDEP UST regulations (310 CMR 80.00) as the primary governing regulations regarding UST compliance. The UST Administrative Review Board is in the process of updating the program regulations (503 CMR 2.00) to reflect this change. Of note, Certificate of Compliance applications no longer require the submission of a FP-290 Part 3 permit with the application. The COC application forms have been updated to reflect this change. These forms can be found in the UST Forms webpage. As always, you are strongly encouraged to use the internet-based system “eUST” to submit, track, and manage your COC applications. Links to eUST can be found in the navigation links to the right. If you have any questions, please contact the UST Program at 617-626-2600. See what else is new with UST
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