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Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

To support State and Tribal corrective action and enforcement programs that address releases from underground storage tanks containing petroleum. Funding Priority: Program funds are to be used to provide resources for the oversight and corrective action for petroleum releases from underground storage tanks (USTs), as well as for enforcement activities related to such corrective action. States that have entered into cooperative agreements with EPA have the authority to respond to petroleum releases from USTs using Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) Trust funds where owners and operators are unknown, unwilling or unable to take corrective actions themselves, and in certain other circumstances. States may also oversee responsible party cleanups. When the Trust Fund is used, tank owners/operators are liable to the State for costs incurred and are subject to cost recovery actions. Trust funds provide assistance to the States and Tribal governments in developing and implementing corrective action programs. In Fiscal Year 2002, there were certain States and Tribes that entered into competitively-awarded cooperative agreements for the USTfield pilots. These USTfield Pilots have the authority to use LUST Trust funds for their cooperative agreements as described in the work plans.