We have written several blogs on the passage of Public Act 416 of 2014, which called for the establishment of the MUSTA Board and the UST Cleanup Fund (effective on December 30, 2014) as a means to assist UST owners/operators in demonstrating financial responsibility and cleaning up releases from leaking USTs. Following Governor Snyder’s appointment of six individuals to the MUSTA Board in early June, the Board has been convening to develop bylaws, appoint an administrator, and establish policies and procedures for implementation of the UST Cleanup Fund.
The MUSTA Board’s most recent meeting was on August 25, 2015 at the Michigan Petroleum Association (MPA) office in Lansing, Michigan. At this meeting, the following information was provided:
While it appears that progress is being made, much work remains in order for claims to be accepted and processed in a timely manner. It is not yet clear as to when a UST owner/operator can “drop” its private insurance and rely on the UST Cleanup Fund, and what options will be available for demonstrating financial responsibility for the deductible amount.
MUSTA recently created a web page where information regarding the Fund and its status of implementation can be accessed. To view this page, click here: http://michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4109_9977_73545—,00.html
Stay tuned for further updates.
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