GREGOIRE SECURES $2.5 MILLION IN END OF THE YEAR BUDGET TO INCREASE CAP FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REMEDIATION
Category : General
Funding to Assist in the Cleanup of Local Spill
(BOSTON) Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) filed an amendment to the final supplemental budget of FY2015 regarding an increase in the cap of the 21J fund for underground storage tank remediation. The amendment was successfully adopted by the House of Representatives providing for a $1 million increase.
Chapter 21J of the Massachusetts General Laws oversees the Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund. Developed in 1991, this law created a $1 million ceiling per-incident for cleanups. This funding goes directly to Licensed Site Professionals who are charged with removing contaminants due to leaks. This cap was increased to $1.5 million in the FY2005 budget, as the costs for remediating these spills has increased over the years. Representative Gregoire’s amendment, which was adopted last week, further increases this cap to $2.5 million.
In 2012, families in the City of Marlborough were negatively and extraordinarily impacted by a negligent release of petroleum from an underground storage tank in their neighborhood. Cleanup efforts have already reached the initial $1.5 million cap and this additional funding will assist with the further remediation needed to repair the community. “The plight of these families and this community has been on my mind since before I took office in 2013,” said Representative Gregoire. “I have continued to look for opportunities, either through our state budgets or through our legislative process to make these families whole and I am elated that we were able to see some success this week. The work is not over and there is still a lot that must be done to ensure the guidelines currently in place to regulate underground storage tanks within our state hold those who are negligent responsible and provide adequate safeguards for our neighbors.”
This legislation now moves to the Senate where debate will continue.