Financial assistance through the Petroleum Cleanup Fund (PCF) are available to the owners of single family residences (including mobile homes) that have oil storage tanks (underground or aboveground) used solely for on-premises heating. The financial assistance is for low income Vermont (VT) homewoners for the removal and replacement (if needed) of residential oil tanks that provides heat to a non-commercial property located in Vermont. The financial assistance program has limited funding. The programs total fiscal year expenditures is not to exceed $400,000 per fiscal year (FY) from July 1 to June 30. The goal of the financial assistance program is to assist low income VT property owners in replacing 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 (https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/10/059/01941 (g))
Commercial or Non profit organizations may be able to receive a loan through the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF)
Please follow the link above for all the information regarding the aboveground tank removal/replacement program.
Aboveground storage tank (AST) means any tank, other than underground storage tank (UST) containing heating fuel (#2 oil or Kerosene).
Aboveground Storage Tank Rules
FY 2019 Underground Storage Tank removal/replacment have been awarded for the FY2019 (July 1, 2018-June 30/2019)
Underground Storage Tank (UST) is a tank that is buried on the property containing #2 fuel oil (not a tank in the basement, that is an Aboveground Tank)
Brochure on removing a residential home heating oil underground tank.
UST removal applicants only must identify, on the application, a consultant who will be performing the environmental site assessment at commencement of construction. Here is a list of environmental consultants to assist in that requirement.
Residential 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.
Work that has been completed prior to an application being received and approved, no assistance will be given to the applicant. Should documentation show work was completed prior to application recieved and approved, then this is cause for a denial of assistance (even if the initial application was approved).
Questions? Please call 802-828-1138