A bill intended to revitalize the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) in the State of Michigan was introduced to the Senate on February 18, 2014. The bill, sponsored by Senator Michael Green, is intended to assist owners and operators of underground storage tanks (USTs) containing refined petroleum products in meeting their financial responsibility requirements under Part 211 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), as well as to fund the cleanup of releases from LUSTs in accordance with Part 213 of NREPA. Money for the fund is provided by the imposition of a regulatory fee of 7/8 cent per gallon on all refined petroleum products sold for resale or consumed in Michigan.
Previous iterations of Michigan’s UST fund (Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Fund or MUSTFA, Refined Petroleum Fund or RPF) were also funded by a 7/8 cent per gallon regulatory fee on refined petroleum products, however much of the money was not used as originally intended. Instead, money was used to fill budget shortfalls in other areas, such as air quality programs, debt service for bonds not related to USTs, and Department of Agriculture programs. Senate Bill 791 requires that all money remaining in the fund at the close of each fiscal year remain in the fund and not lapse to the general fund.
A UST owner or operator will be eligible to receive money from the fund for cleanup of a release from a refined petroleum UST if all of the following requirements are met:
Senate Bill 791 has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes. We will provide further updates on the progress of this bill, as appropriate.
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