By the Numbers -- Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund
February 24, 2022
A program designed to protect the environment and public health from releases of petroleum products from leaking underground storage tanks has assisted in hundreds of cleanups from around the state during the life of the program.
Since 2016, more than 650 petroleum releases have been addressed through the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund. The fund is administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA), housed in Finance Division at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Its purposes are to assist refined petroleum underground storage tank owners and operators in meeting their federal financial responsibility requirements and to reimburse them for cleanup activities related to releases that were discovered on or after December 30, 2014, and for which they have applied for and received an approved claim.
MUSTA has approved claims for 637 facilities for 666 releases (a facility may have more than one release covered). Of these claims, 496 remain open and 141 have been closed either because the cleanup activities have been completed or they have reached their maximum allowable reimbursement limit. To date, $53.8 million has been reimbursed to eligible owners and operators, resulting in the closure of 125 releases and ongoing cleanup activities for 541 releases.
Caption: Product in the subsurface, recovery by vacuum truck, and excavation activities covered by MUSTA at a gasoline station.