Heating Oil Tank Removal/Replacement Financial Assistance Program

The Petroleum Cleanup Fund (PCF) offers financial assistance to low income tank owners towards the removal, replacement, or upgrade of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and underground storage tanks (USTs) used to provide heat to a non commercial property  located in Vermont.  The financial assistance program  expenditure is capped at $400,000 per fiscal year (FY) from July 1 to June 30.   UPDATE: Currently the financial assistance program has no funding and no awards for asssistance will be made until the start of the new fiscal year(FY) 2018 which starts July 1, 2017.  

Residential use underground storage tanks(buried on property) that are in use are not required to be removed. If the underground tank is out of service for more than 1 year it needs to be removed (or if removal is not option due to a structure over the tank, in-place closure is allowable). Please see the brochure on removing or closing in place underground storage tanks

The goal of the finacial assistance program is to assist low income VT property owners in replacing, or upgrading, tanks which otherwise might leak and cause adverse impact to the environment. In many cases, this means prioritizing funds to the lowest incomes applicants who otherwise would not have the financial resources to accomplish the tank replacement. Environmental risk and household income are the two main considerations for allocation of funds, as set forth in Statute. The amount of an applicants financial assistance willl be determined at the time when a complete application is recieved and reviewed. Appliants will be notified in writing if they are approved and how much financial assistance they may recieve.  Any application deemed ineligable to recieved financial assistance will also be notified in writing of the denial of the application.

Work completed prior to application approval is not eligible for financial assistance.

Aboveground storage tank means any tank, other than an underground (buried) storage tank, used to store any liquid petroleum products i.e.fuel oil. or kerosene.  Tanks in basements are considered aboveground storage tanks. Propane tanks are not part of this program.

AST removal/replacement applicants will be expected to seek quotes for the job in an effort to keep costs reasonable. A mimimun of three competitive bids is required. Household incomes in the range of $50,000.00-$75,000.00 for AST removal/replacement, may be offered financial assistance not to exceed $1000, with no requirement to provide bids for the work. A lower priority status will be given to applications where the heating source is no longer fuel oil or kerosene.  UST removals participating in the this program are required to have an environmental site assessment performed at the time of the tanks removal. Here is a list of consultants that can perform that service.

AST replacement applicants showing a household income greater than $75,000 are not eligible for financial assistance through this program.  UST removal grants applicants with a household incomes over $75,000 may be eligible for financial assistance, should the tank being remove is large (for example a tank is >1500 gallons or greater) and /or there are more than 4 people living at that residence. 

Aboveground Storage Tank Rules

Any aboveground  storage tank that is used to supply fuel for heat is subject to meeting the requirements of the AST Checklist.  This checklist will need to be completed by the installer of the AST or by a certified plumbing and heating technician. The completed checklist is to be recieved by the financial assistance  staff before payment  can be made.  Please be aware that there maybe other installation  requirements from the Department of Public Safety Department of Fire Prevention for the new  tank. 

UST removal  applicants only must identify,  on the application, a consultant who will be performing the environmental site assessement at commencement of construction . Here is a list of environmental consultants  to assist in that requirement.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance (currently there are no funds available for FY 2017)

 Fill out FY2017  application (form may be filled out on-line, but it must be printed and submitted by mail, fax or scanned and emailed). A new application for the FY 2018 should be  posted by mid June

In addition to the application form, applicants must provide:

  • proof of home ownership (a property tax bill or deed), and
  • full household income. Income should be demonstrated via a Federal Income tax filing (1040, EZ, or EZA) where possible, SSI statements or other forms of proof are acceptable when Federal Income tax forms are not filed. Please do not submit State Tax returns as proof of income.

Submit completed application packages by mail or email. 

Mailing address:

VT DEC, Waste Management & Prevention Division
1 National Life Dr, Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

Aboveground Storage Tank (AST)  applicatios for AST removals/replacment should be addressed to the the attention to  Kristin Davis  or if sending by email please use:  kristin.davis@vermont.gov  

Underground Storage Tank (UST) applications for UST removal/replacmen(tanks buried on the property) should be addressed to the attention of Susan Thayer or if sending by eamil please use :susan.thayer@vermont.gov 

Questions? Please call 802-828-1138

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

Davis Building - 1st Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704