Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup Grant
Ohio Development Services Agency (ODS), in partnership with Ohio EPA and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), has announced a resource to help clean up abandoned gas and service stations throughout Ohio.
A press release from ODS states that 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.
Eligible activities include up to $100,000 for assessment and up to $500,000 for cleanup. Other eligible activities include costs to empty or remove underground storage tanks, abatement of asbestos, lead or other contamination, demolition, and site clearance.
Priority will be given to vacant gas or service station projects where cleanup provides the greatest environmental, community, and economic impact. Applications open in January 2016. If you have questions about the grant, please contact Erin Hazelton at (614) 728-1258 or Erin.Hazelton@development.ohio.gov.