Environmental/Apr 2, 2018

Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated

On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can be reviewed at www.michigan.gov/deqmusta. The LRP was designed to address a specific group of underground storage tank (UST) releases that were not previously closed and were discovered and reported prior to December 30, 2014. It is important to note that the lack of additional funding for the LRP in no way affects the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund  (USTCF) and the ability of current UST owners and operators to utilize the USTCF to demonstrate financial responsibility and to file claims for eligible expenses related to releases discovered and reported after December 30, 2014. Should you need assistance related to a release at your site or have questions concerning a USTCF claim, please contact us for further information.