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Petroleum Remediation Program

DEQ’s activities regarding the Petroleum Remediation Program involve two inter-related program areas:
  1. overseeing the investigation and cleanup of petroleum contamination resulting from leaking above-ground and underground storage tanks; and
  2. administering financial assistance for persons responsible for investigation and cleanup costs due to petroleum releases from tanks.
Investigation and Cleanup

After there has been some initial indication that there may be petroleum contamination at a site, NDEQ becomes involved in determining whether more investigation and cleanup are required. The agency determines whether parties who caused the contamination are still available and financially capable of assuming responsibility.
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Pay for Performance

In most cases, the agency works with those who caused the contamination, and they are responsible for selecting contractors for the site investigation and cleanup. The program also has several "orphan" sites for which remediation is proceeding through contracts paid with federal or state funds. At some orphan sites, the program’s “Pay for Performance” Program is used to seek bids from pre-qualified contractors to complete site cleanup.
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Financial Assistance – Petroleum Release Remedial Action Reimbursement Fund

Petroleum Release Remedial Action Reimbursement Fund helps pay for investigation and cleanup costs for owners/operators of facilities which have leaking petroleum tanks. Costs for both underground and above ground tank releases are eligible for reimbursement. To assist applicants, the program developed guidelines entitled "Reasonable Rates Schedule and Reimbursement Guidance Manual." More information

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Documents and Supporting Regulations

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