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 Underground Storage Tank 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 for the reimbursement of petroleum release cleanup costs.
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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· Finance Committee Meeting
There will be a Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. The committee will be discussing the Board’s investment and collections policies, the Fund’s five-year financial projections, and the annual per-tank fee and deductible amounts for the 2023 program year. The result of these discussions may cause the committee to draft changes to the following rules:
3737-1-04 Annual petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fee, certification of compliance and financial responsibility.
3737-1-06 The deductible and the reduced deductible.
In accordance with the requirements of Chapter 107. of the Ohio Revised Code, all interested parties are invited to attend, and all parties in attendance at that time will have the opportunity to provide comment.
· Board Meeting
The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081.
The Board meeting will be live-streamed via ZOOM. Information on how to attend the meeting will be provided at a later date.
Click here for a schedule of the 2022 and 2023 calendar years’ Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page. If you wish to be placed on an email list to receive information concerning the meetings, please email email@example.com or call 800-224-4659.
Individuals with disabilities can request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Board’s ADA Coordinator. Information concerning Disability Inclusion Access is available by clicking here.
Key Claim Filing Information
Click here for email communications issued via listserv addressing the most common deficiencies in the filing of claim reimbursement application.
Current information concerning COVID-19 is available on the Ohio Department of Health’s website at coronavirus.ohio.gov and through its hotline number 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
· 2022 Certificates of Coverage
The 2022 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed. Certificates are printed and mailed 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. Click here to review the 2022 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
Fees for 2022
· Reimbursable Mileage Rate
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 July 1, 2022, that rate is $0.625 per mile. The General Services Administration’s mileage rates are available at www.gsa.gov/mileage.
· Ability to Pay Program
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 Fund fees. In order to qualify for the program, the responsible person cannot currently own or operate petroleum USTs. If the responsible person is an individual, the responsible person should submit the Individual Ability to Pay Fees application. If the responsible person is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, submit the Corporate Ability to Pay Fees application.
· Considering Purchasing a Tank?
The Board’s rules require the purchaser of petroleum underground storage tank(s) to pay a $500 per facility transfer fee plus any unpaid fees, including late payment fees, owed for 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 the Board’s unclaimed monies list to see if you are entitled to a refund of fees!
Phone: (614) 752-8963 · Toll Free Phone: (800) 224-4659 · Fax: (614) 752-8397 · P.O. Box 2280 Westerville, OH 43086-2280