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Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

Underground Storage Tank Removals and/or Replacements

Have you received a notification letter from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) warning you that you have underground storage tanks (USTs) that need to be removed? As of August 7, 2017, all underground single walled steel tanks in the state of Massachusetts must be removed, permanently closed-in-place, or placed out-of-service (then removed or permanently closed-in-place by July 1, 2018).

At the time of the tank removal, environmental conditions must be assessed per state and federal regulations, since it is possible that contamination may exist in the area of the UST(s). In Massachusetts, tanks must be closed in accordance with the Massachusetts DEP’s Tank Regulations, 310 CMR 80.00.

In addition to the regulatory requirements, documenting environmental conditions is important because most Lenders rely on information collected during the tank closure to help them decide whether to issue a loan to future perspective Buyers of the property, or when considering refinancing options. Without tank closure documentation, banks typically require more extensive (and costly) environmental investigations and sampling (following an ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment) before considering a loan.

Perhaps you have already contracted a tank removal company which will manage the permitting, cleaning, and physical removal of the tank(s) at your property, or maybe you still need to contract the removal of the tanks; either way, Cooperstown Environmental can help guide you through the process, and provide regulatory compliance assistance if contamination is uncovered during removal of the tank(s).

In addition to Licensed Site Professionals who oversee the cleanup efforts (as mandated in 310 CMR 40) Cooperstown has in-house staff that formerly worked for the state’s 21J reimbursement program. We know the “ins and outs” of the 21J program, and how to maximize reimbursement of the cleanup costs you incur, as long as your site meets the eligibility requirements of the program. Since eligibility is dependent upon a property being “in compliance” at the time of a discovered leak (contamination), it is crucial that you be in good standing with the program at the time of the tank removal. Cooperstown can also aide you with bringing your site to compliance prior to the tank removal.

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