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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· Public Hearing
There will be a public hearing on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of soliciting comments on the proposed amendment to rule 3737-1-04. Click here for information concerning this public hearing.
· Board Meeting
The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081. Click here for a schedule of 2018 calendar year’s Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page.
· Rules Committee Meeting
There will be a Rules Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. Listed below are the rules being reviewed by the committee.
3737-1-07 Establishing fund eligibility for corrective action costs.
3737-1-08 Disbursement of financial assurance fund.
3737-1-09 Limitations of fund coverage.
3737-1-12 Application for reimbursement.
3737-1-12.1 Mandatory and voluntary pre-approval of corrective action costs.
3737-1-15 Modifying the deductible or the reduced deductible.
3737-1-19 Establishing fund eligibility for third party claims.
In accordance with the requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and 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.
· Tank Fee Decrease Proposed for 2018
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 $400 per tank to $350 per tank for coverage at the standard $55,000 deductible. If adopted, this proposed rule change will also decrease the per-tank fee for coverage at the reduced $11,000 deductible from $600 per tank to $550 per tank. You can view the proposed rule, along with a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), here.
· 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, 2018, that rate is $0.545 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.
· 2017 Certificates of Coverage
The 2017 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 made payment, and do not receive 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 2017 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.
· 2017 Tank Fees
At its November meeting, the Board voted to make no changes to the per-tank fees or deductible amounts for program year 2017. As a result, the annual Fund fee will remain at $400 per tank for coverage at the standard $55,000 deductible. Additionally, the per-tank fee for coverage at the reduced $11,000 deductible will remain at $600 per tank.
· 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 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 2280 Westerville, OH 43086-2280