By way of brief background, the grant program offers grants of up to $100,000 for environmental assessment activities and up to $500,000 for cleanup activities for properties with documented petroleum UST releases. Eligibility is limited to properties that have been designated “Class C” by the Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR). In a nutshell, Class C releases are those for which there are no legally-responsible parties with adequate financial resources for cleanup. The General Assembly has earmarked a total of $20 million for the grant program.
The application process is open to political subdivisions only. In cases where the subject property is privately held, an access agreement between the political subdivisions and owner must be included with the application submittal. Grant funds are not available to parties that have caused or contributed to a release of petroleum or hazardous substances on the property.
Takeaways from Amy’s blog post on the application process:
This is a great opportunity for eligible properties, but successful applicants will likely need to act quickly before funds run out. The initial step (after assessing eligibility) is to obtain a valid, Voluntary Action Program-complaint Phase I Site Assessment. Ohio EPA is offering Phase I assistance at no charge to political subdivisions and to private landowners who partner with political subdivisions.
You can reach Amy Alduino directly at (513) 489-2255 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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