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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· Rules Committee Meeting
There will be a Rules Committee on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. to address stakeholder comments received concerning the proposed amendment to the following rule:
3737-1-04 Annual petroleum underground storage tank financial assurance fee, certification of compliance, and financial responsibility.
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, June 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.
· Finance Committee Meeting
There will be a Finance Committee on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The meeting will immediately follow the Board meeting, which is anticipated to conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m. The committee will be discussing the Board’s investment policy and exploring the possibility of processing payments to vendors and claimants electronically.
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.
Click here for a schedule of the 2022 calendar year’s 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.
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.
· Proposed Rule Amendment
At its March meeting, the Board voted to amend rule 3737-1-04 as proposed by the Board’s Rules Committee. Click for more information concerning the proposed rule amendment.
Fees for 2022
· 2021 Certificates of Coverage
The 2021 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 2021 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
· 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 January 1, 2022, that rate is $0.585 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