Pat Quinn, Governor
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program
Leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) are a significant source of environmental contamination and may pose the following threats to human health and safety: fire and explosion; inhalation of dangerous vapors; contamination of soil and groundwater; contamination of drinking water; and contamination of streams, rivers, and lakes. These threats are minimized when responsible parties respond quickly and efficiently after a tank release. For more information, see An Introduction to Leaking Underground Storage Tanks.
The Leaking UST Section oversees the remedial activities after a release from an UST has been reported to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Leaking UST Section staff review the technical adequacy of plans, reports, and budgets. This includes the development and evaluation of the appropriate remediation objectives for each site. Once the site has met its remediation objectives and program requirements, the Illinois EPA issues a No Further Remediation Letter for the leaking UST incident.
The manager of the Leaking UST Section is Hernando Albarracin. The section is divided into three units, headed by: Michael Lowder; Harry Chappel, P.E.; and Tom Henninger.
The Underground Storage Tank (UST) Fund helps tank owners and operators pay for cleaning up leaks from petroleum USTs. By doing so, the UST Fund also satisfies the federal financial assurance requirements for all Illinois tank owners and operators. Since its inception in 1989, the UST Fund has paid more than $800 million. Illinois -generates money for the UST Fund through a $0.003 per-gallon motor fuel tax and an $0.008 per-gallon environmental impact fee, both of which are due to expire in 2013. For more information, see Illinois' Underground Storage Tank Fund Guide.
Leaking UST Program Publications
Regulations - 35 Ill. Adm. Code (can be viewed on the Internet at the Pollution Control Board's Environmental Regulations page). These include:
*In accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 734.605(b), a complete application for payment must include an affidavit signed by each subcontractor that performed an activity for which costs are sought for payment from the UST Fund. The completed affidavit must be signed by an authorized agent of the subcontractor, subscribed and sworn before a notary public. The affidavit is included in the application for payment forms.
**In accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 734.605(b), a complete application for payment must include a quarterly report of workforce participation.
TACO amendments took effect on July 15, 2013. Besides the addition of the indoor inhalation exposure route, the Default Physical and Chemical Parameters at Section 742.Appendix C.Table E have changed.
For information about the indoor inhalation exposure route especially as it relates to Leaking UST Program sites, see the vapor intrusion fact sheets.
To date, the payment of prevailing wages has not affected the UST owner's or operator's ability to perform corrective action work for the Subpart H maximum payment amounts. However, please be advised that, if the corrective action work cannot be done for the Subpart H maximum payment amount, then the maximum payment amount may be determined via bidding (Section 57.7(c)(3)(B) and (C) of the Environmental Protection Act and 35 Ill. Adm. Code 734.800(a)(2)).
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