Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board
ABOUT THE BOARD
The Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board (The Board) consists of government and industry representatives and has the primary responsibility of administering the Petroleum Financial Assurance Fund (“the Fund”). The Fund is a source of money derived from mandatory per-tank fees and is available to eligible underground storage tank owners to reimburse petroleum release clean up costs.
Please note: the Board does not issue permits for tank removal, installation, or repair and does not supervise the clean up of releases. Instead, these things are done by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), an agency under the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s authority.
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HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS
The Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board’s office will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 27, 2014; the Christmas Holiday on Thursday, December 25, 2014; and New Year’s Day on Thursday, January 1, 2015. The office will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on the following days:
November 26, 2014
· Finance Committee Meeting
There will be a Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the conference room in the Board’s office. The committee will discuss the Fund’s five-year financial projections and future deductible amounts.
· Board Meeting
The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Click here for a schedule of the 2015 calendar year’s Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page.
· Tank Fee Decrease Proposed for 2015
At its November meeting, the Board proposed an amendment to Ohio Administrative Code 3737-1-04 to reduce the annual Financial Assurance Fund fee from $500 per tank to $400 per tank for coverage at the standard $55,000 deductible. The per-tank fee for coverage at the reduced $11,000 deductible will decrease from $700 per tank to $600 per tank.
A Business Impact Analysis (BIA), which provides an explanation for the rule change and justification for any adverse impact on business, has been submitted to the State’s Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Office. Stakeholders have until December 8, 2014, to provide comments on the proposed rule. After the CSI Office reviews the BIA and any comments, it will submit a recommendation for the rule to the Board. Provided the CSI Office recommends the proposed rule to be filed as drafted, the rule package will be filed with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR). A public hearing and JCARR hearing must be held before the rule is ultimately adopted by the Board.
You can view the proposed rule, along with a Business Impact Analysis, here.
If you wish to comment on the proposed rule amendment or the BIA, please email this Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov by December 8, 2014.
· 2014 Certificates of Coverage
The 2014 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed. Certificates are printed and mailed bi-weekly. To check the status of your Certificate and verify the receipt of fee payment, visit the Board’s public inquiry web page at www.petroboardinquiry.org. If you have not received your Certificate and have questions regarding the status of your Certificate, please contact the Board’s office at 614-752-8963 or 1-800-224-4659 (in Ohio only). Click here to review the 2014 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
· Increase in Reimbursable Mileage Rate
Effective October 1, 2012, the Fund’s reimbursable mileage rate is based on the General Services Administration’s privately owned vehicle reimbursable mileage rate in effect at the time of travel. As of January 1, 2014, that rate is $0.56 per mile. Incurred mileage costs are reimbursed by the Fund at the rate in effect at the time of travel. For instance, mileage costs incurred on October 1, 2011 will be reimbursed by the Fund at the rate in effect on October 1, 2011 or $0.45 per mile. You can view the General Services Administration’s mileage rates at www.gsa.gov/mileage. For questions regarding the reimbursable mileage rate, please contact us.
· Ability to Pay Program
At its November 2011 meeting, the Board authorized an “Ability to Pay Program” whereby previous owners and/or operators of petroleum USTs experiencing financial difficulty may apply for and receive a determination of their ability to pay delinquent Financial Assurance Fund fees. In order to qualify for the program, the responsible person cannot currently own or operate petroleum USTs and if applicable, must have received a determination of no further action from the fire marshal for any release for which eligibility to claim against the Fund was granted. If the responsible person is an individual, the responsible person may submit the Individual Ability to Pay Fees application. If the responsible person is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, please submit the Corporate Ability to Pay Fees application. For assistance with completing the application, please contact us.
· Considering Purchasing a Tank?
The Board’s rules require the purchaser of underground storage tank(s) to pay a $500 per facility transfer fee plus any unpaid fees and/or penalties owed on the tank(s). Click here for more information about this rule as well as a list of items to consider before and after purchasing underground tanks.
· Unclaimed Monies
Check out our unclaimed monies list to see if you are entitled to a refund of fees!
Phone: (614) 752-8963 · Ohio Toll Free Phone: (800) 224-4659 · Fax: (614) 752-8397 · P.O. Box 163188 Columbus, OH 43216-3188