Ohio Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board
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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Office Temporarily Closed to Public
At the direction of Governor Mike DeWine, the Board’s staff is following the recommended steps necessary to continue operations while safeguarding the staff and public. To help stop the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board’s office is closed. Although the office is closed, the staff is working remotely and the Board continues to receive mail and deliveries at both its Post Office box and physical address.
As always, feel free to call the Board’s office at 800-224-4659 or 614-752-8963 or email email@example.com.
The next Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. In light of the continued Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the June meeting will likely be held online by video conference. Information on how to attend this virtual meeting will be provided at a later date.
Click here for a schedule of the 2021 calendar year’s Board meetings. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Meetings page. If you wish to be placed on an email list to receive information concerning the meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-224-4659.
Key Claim Filing Information
Click here for email communications issued via listserv addressing the most common deficiencies in the filing of claim reimbursement application.
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.
Fees for 2021
· 2020 Certificates of Coverage
The 2020 Applications for a Certificate of Coverage are currently being processed. Certificates are printed and mailed bi-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 2020 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 January 1, 2021, that rate is $0.56 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