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Failure to register tanks with the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and to assure your tanks with the Financial Assurance Fund (Fund) may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.


As a result of recent changes in Federal Regulations and Ohio law, owners of petroleum underground storage tanks must register them with Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulation (BUSTR) and acquire Financial Assurance Fund coverage. The following information was provided by the State of Ohio and we are posting it as a public service. If you have any questions, please contact the agencies named.
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Registering Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks

The Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR)

The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board

6606 Tussing Rd.
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
22 West Gay St.
Columbus, OH 43215
Peter Chace, Bureau Chief Carol DeVore, Executive Director
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 687, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 163188, Columbus, OH 43216
Telephone...............614-752-7938 Telephone...............614-752-8963
Fax........................614-752-7942 Fax.........................614-752-8397
Registration Fee..........$50 per tank       Annual Fees: Due by July 1 each year
(Due by July 1 each year) 2001 Program Year(July 1, 2001-June 30, 2002)
(Political Subdivisions exempt from fee) $450 per tank/$55,000 deductible
(Heating oil tanks used for consumptive use on premises
where stored and farm or residential tanks with a capacity
of 1,100 gallons or less are exempt from registration and paying fees.)
$600 per tank/$11,000 deductible
(only owners of six or fewer tanks may elect the reduced deductible)
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What Does Ohio Law Say About Owning/Operating Petroleum Underground storage tanks

Failure to register tanks with the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR) and to assure your tanks with the Financial Assurance Fund (Fund) may result in civil and/or criminal penalties.
It is state and federal law that all petroleum USTs must
be registered annually with BUSTR and a valid financial responsibility mechanism for each facility is kept current.
Participation in the Financial Assurance Fund
is mandatory under state and federal law.

BUSTR regulates Ohio's underground storage tank program. BUSTR works to prevent and detect releases of petroleum from regulated USTs and to review and evaluate corrective actions when a petroleum release occurs.

When UST ownership is transferred the new owner must submit a transfer registration form along with the registration fee within 30 days. Owners installing new USTs must submit a new facility registration form and registration fee within 30 days of placing the USTs into service.

A valid financial responsibility mechanism must be secured and kept current for the UST facility. This mechanism is needed to cover the deductible amount not covered by the Fund.

The Fund provides coverage for clean up costs and third-party property and bodily injury damages associated with releases from petroleum USTs. The Petroleum UST Release Compensation Board (Board) administers the Fund. The Board assesses annual fees and issues Certificates of Coverage to all owners who pay the annual fees, demonstrate coverage for the fund deductible, and certify their USTs are assurable. In the event of an accidental release of petroleum, an owner with a valid Certificate of Coverage will be reimbursed for eligible and documented costs. the maximum amount of coverage per release is $1 million minus the deductible amount. Proof of payment for corrective actions equal to the deductible amount is required before the Fund reimbursement begins.