Trust Fund Branch

UST Cleanup Funds

The UST funds provide reimbursement for costs incurred during the cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination resulting from a release of petroleum from an underground storage tank. Two funds, the Commercial Trust Fund and the Noncommercial Trust Fund, have been established to reimburse tank owners, operators, and landowners for costs associated with cleanups.

Commercial underground storage tanks include USTs containing petroleum products for resale, farm or residential motor fuel tanks with a capacity greater than 1,100 gallons, heating oil tanks greater than 1,100 gallons (unless they serve four or fewer households).

Noncommercial underground storage tanks include heating oil tanks with a capacity of 1,100 gallons or less, heating oil tanks with a capacity greater than 1,100 gallons that serve one to four households, farm or residential motor fuel tanks with a capacity of 1,100 gallons or less.

9/18/2015
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NONCOMMERCIAL FUND CLAIMANTS AND CONSULTANTS
The General Assembly has appropriated $2,369,428 to eliminate the backlog of claims against the Noncommercial Leaking Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund through June 30, 2015.

8/1/2013
Amended Reimbursement Criteria - Noncommercial Petroleum Cleanup Fund
Senate Bill 402, enacted on July 27, 2013 contains the following changes significantly affecting reimbursement for cleanups of noncommercial UST releases under G.S. 143-215.94D(b1):

The Noncommercial Fund shall be used for the payment of the costs of:

  1. For releases discovered or reported to the Department prior to August 1, 2013, the cleanup of environmental damage as required by G.S. 143-215.94E(a).
  2. For releases discovered or reported to the Department on or after August 1, 2013, the cleanup of environmental damage as required by G.S.143-215.94E(a) in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000) or the sum of the following amounts, whichever is less:
    1. A deductible of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per occurrence.
    2. A co-payment equal to ten percent (10%) of the costs of the cleanup of environmental damage, per occurrence.