Environmental Specialist 2
Office of Community Assistance
Fast Track and Assessment grant applications accepted on an on-going basis
Ohio Development Services Agency, in partnership with Ohio EPA and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), has a resource to help clean up abandoned gas and service stations throughout Ohio.
The Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant will provide funding to assess and clean up BUSTR Class C sites (underground storage tanks with documented petroleum releases). Local government entities who own the eligible property or who have an agreement with the landowner may apply. The applicant and property owner cannot have contributed to the prior release of petroleum or other hazardous substance on the site.
A property with a documented petroleum release that has been classified by BUSTR as “Class C”, meaning the responsible party is not able to pay for cleanup costs is eligible. The property must be vacant and may contain an abandoned structure. Funding will be prioritized for former gas and/or service stations with the greatest potential for environmental, community, and economic impact, as determined by the application and scoring matrix.
Political subdivisions are eligible to apply for funding through this program. If a political subdivision does not own the project property, the property owner and the political subdivision must apply jointly for the program. All applicants must sign an affidavit certifying that neither they nor the current property owner caused or contributed to any prior release of petroleum or other hazardous substances on the property.
Up to $500,000 for cleanup activities (through competitive rounds), including cleanup of hazardous substances, demolition, property clearance activities, seeding and grading and up to $100,000 for property assessment. Additionally, $100,000 Fast Track grants are available for projects where the only likely contamination is associated with the UST location(s), asbestos, lead-paint, or universal waste, as demonstrated by a VAP Phase I Environmental Assessment. Both Assessment grants and Fast Track grant applications are now accepted on an on-going basis.
A link to the sample application, the scoring matrix, and submission instructions can be found on toolbar on the left of this page. Fast Track and Assessment applications will be taken on an on-going basis; Competitive applications will be accepted in rounds. Approximately $3.5 million will be allocated for each competitive round.
See the program guidelines for details on the documentation needed. However, all grants require a VAP Phase I Environmental Assessment, a Class C determination and documentation of a release of petroleum from the BUSTR tank(s) from BUSTR (designated as “LTF=1”), at a minimum.
You can check to see if your property is listed as a BUSTR Class C on the OTTER database (login not required). If it is not listed or currently listed as something other than a Class C, you’ll need to request a determination from BUSTR using the determination form. If you have questions about whether or not your property may qualify as a Class C, please contact BUSTR staff (Verne Ord, Lori Stevens, or Scott Sigler) at (614) 752-8200.
Yes, assessment and cleanup costs for hazardous substances on BUSTR Class C sites are eligible under this program.
We recommend contacting BUSTR staff (Verne Ord, Lori Stevens, or Scott Sigler) at (614) 752-8200 prior to beginning any assessment activities if a release hasn’t been documented on the site. Because of BUSTR’s statutory requirements for determining a responsible party, it is possible that a property owner who did not own or operate the tanks may be deemed responsible for the cleanup, especially if the tanks were in use during or after 1984.
Ohio EPA can provide these assessments at no charge to political subdivisions and private entities who partner with political subdivisions. For more information, please contact the Site Assistance and Brownfield Revitalization staff at (614) 644-2924 or visit their webpage by clicking here.
Yes, beginning September 8, 2016, county land banks are one of the political subdivisions eligible for funding through the program.
Per Ohio Revised Code 5722.22, BUSTR cannot enforce on county land banks. So, even if petroleum contamination is documented after the land bank takes title, the site will still qualify for Class C status and be eligible for the grant program.
No match is required, although private match will increase an application’s score. DSA will not reimburse for professional fees, other than those incurred for environmental professional services. Environmental professional fees are capped at 15% for cleanup grants. Please see the application for further details.
Applicants may submit one application per competitive round. Applications are not capped for Assessment and Fast Track grants. Please see the guidelines for additional information.