Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program Implements The Recovery Act - Archive
Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Congress appropriated $200 million from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to EPA for cleaning up leaks from underground storage tanks.
As of March 2013, which is the last reporting period, more than 7,800 LUST sites benefitted from Recovery Act money. EPA's LUST Recovery Act quarterly reports provide accomplishments by state or territory and performance measure.
EPA Allocated LUST Recovery Act Money
- $190.7 million to states and territories in assistance agreements to address shovel-ready sites within their jurisdictions
- $6.3 million for existing EPA in-house contracts to do LUST eligible work (such as site assessment and cleanup activities) in Indian country
- EPA regional UST programs oversaw assessing and cleaning up sites in Indian country
- $3 million retained by EPA, shared by headquarters and regions, for management and oversight
- The Recovery Act provided up to 1.5 percent of the $200 million for EPA's salary and other expenses to manage, oversee, and report on appropriate spending of the $197 million to states and territories and for cleanups in Indian country
- Provided EPA regional underground storage tank programs with information about implementing the LUST Recovery Act program
Uses Of LUST Recovery Act Money
- Oversaw assessing and cleaning up underground storage tank leaks, or
- Directly paid for assessing and cleaning up leaks from federally regulated tanks where the responsible party was unknown, unwilling, unable, or the cleanup was an emergency response
LUST Cleanup Program Recovery Plan Submitted to OMB
- Described EPA's objectives, activities, funding, and performance measures using LUST Recovery Act money
- on EPA's site in PDF format (14 pp, 205K, About PDF) or
- on recovery.gov in HTML format