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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 Underground Storage Tank 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 for the reimbursement of petroleum release cleanup costs.

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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Upcoming Meetings

  ·  Board Meeting

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be held immediately following the Public Hearing which will begin at 10:00 a.m. on February 8, 2023, at the Board’s office location at 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH  43081.

 

The Board meeting will be live-streamed via ZOOM. Information on how the public may view the meeting through ZOOM will be provided at a later date.

 

Click here for a schedule of the 2023 calendar years Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings pageIf you wish to be placed on an email list to receive information concerning the meetings, please email info@petroboard.org or call 800-224-4659.

 

Individuals with disabilities can request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Board’s ADA Coordinator. Information concerning Disability Inclusion Access is available by clicking here.

Proposed Rule Amendment

At its November 30, 2022 meeting, the Board voted to amend the Board’s rule 3737-1-04 to address concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the issuance of a certificate of coverage for a newly installed underground storage tank system and the timeframe for transferring a certificate of coverage to a new responsible person.

You can view the proposed rule amendment by clicking here.

Business Impact Analysis

Ohio Revised Code 106.03 and 106.031 require state agencies, including the Board, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community as defined by R.C. 107.52, and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.

 

You can view the proposed rule which was identified as having an adverse impact on the business community, along with a Business Impact Analysis (BIA), here. Note that the proposed amended rule is not expected to increase the rule’s adverse impact on businesses if it is adopted.

 

The Board welcomes comments regarding the proposed rule amendment. If you wish to comment on the proposed rule and/or the BIA, please email this office at rules@petroboard.org and copy the Common Sense Initiative Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov. You may also mail your comments to Petroleum UST Board, 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 350, Westerville, OH 43081.

 

To ensure your comments are considered as part of the CSI review period, the Board should receive them no later than December 21, 2022.

Key Claim Filing Information

Click here for email communications issued via listserv addressing the most common deficiencies in the filing of claim reimbursement application.

COVID-19 Update

Current information concerning COVID-19 is available on the Ohio Department of Health’s website at coronavirus.ohio.gov and through its hotline number 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Recent Developments

  ·  Per-Tank Fees for 2023
At its November 30, 2022 meeting, the Board voted to maintain fees and deductible amounts at the current levels for the upcoming 2023 program year. The fees will remain at $350 and $550 per-tank for the $55,000 and $11,000 deductible amounts, respectively.

 

  ·  2022 Certificates of Coverage

The 2022 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed. Certificates are printed and mailed 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. Click here to review the 2022 Addendum to the Certificate of Coverage.

 

  ·  Reimbursable Mileage Rate

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 July 1, 2022, that rate is $0.625 per mile. The General Services Administration’s mileage rates are available at www.gsa.gov/mileage

 

  ·  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 Fund fees. In order to qualify for the program, the responsible person cannot currently own or operate petroleum USTs. If the responsible person is an individual, the responsible person should submit the Individual Ability to Pay Fees application. If the responsible person is a corporation, limited liability company or partnership, submit the Corporate Ability to Pay Fees application.  

 

  ·  Considering Purchasing a Tank?

The Board’s rules require the purchaser of petroleum underground storage tank(s) to pay a $500 per facility transfer fee plus any unpaid fees, including late payment fees, owed for 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 the Board’s unclaimed monies list to see if you are entitled to a refund of fees!

 

 

Phone:  (614) 752-8963  ·  Toll Free Phone:  (800) 224-4659  ·  Fax:  (614) 752-8397  ·  P.O. Box 2280  Westerville, OH  43086-2280

 

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