The costs to repair the leaking underground storage tanks
and the costs to treat the soil, both at C's operations and the adjacent properties, will be borne by C.
In 1986, Congress created the Leaking Underground Storage Tank
Trust Fund to address petroleum releases from federally regulated underground storage tanks.
An aggressive, high priority effort is necessary to clean up MTBE from leaking underground storage tanks
as quickly as possible.
We appreciate this funding and support of Idahos Leaking Underground Storage Tank
Trust Fund Program, said Kristi Lowder, Idaho DEQ Underground Storage Tank Program Manager.
Funding for the Fisherville project by the state Department of Environmental Affairs is through two grants from the EPA - $1 million from the EPA's Leaking Underground Storage Tank
, or LUST, program to address the petroleum contamination along the Blackstone River Canal; and up to $200,000 from EPA's competitive brownfields assessment grant awarded to the DEP in May.
The leaking underground storage tank
trust fund continues to be an issue, although the 1997 tax act restored the trust fund tax through 2005, to ensure the availability of funds to pay for leaking tank cleanup programs.
With the exception of a $9 million increase in funding for the Leaking Underground Storage Tank
(LUST) program -- for a total of $79 million -- to address MTBE problems, other programs are funded at or close to current funding levels.
The greatest potential threat from a leaking underground storage tank
is contamination of ground water, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans.