New Jersey Leaking Oil Tank Grants

NJDEP EDA Grant Information

Grants are available for underground oil tanks that have leaked.  In short homeowners in New Jersey can get grant monies to delineate (diagnose) the extent of the oil leak and to remediate (cleanup the oil leak).  Grant applications for money will get reviewed when monies are available which happens once a year and will end in 2021.  If you qualify for the tank grant and do not apply, you have a 100% chance of not receiving any grant monies.    You only need to know the extent of the leak (volume or area) so that a cost can be developed to remediate the leak. Applying for a grant is free and Curren Environmental will assist you for free. 

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NJDEP Tank Grant Change Posted May 3, 2011, Updated August 10, 2011

The NJDEP EDA tank grant funding for non leaking residential oil tank removal was suspended on May 3, 2011.  Leaking oil tank grants are still available because a leaking tank is considered a hardship and will still qualify for the tank grant program.

How do you apply for a leaking oil tank grants?

On May 3rd of 2011, the tank grant program stopped processing new applications due to a depletion of money in the fund and lack of new monies going into the fund.  After May 3, 2011 the NJDEP will date stamp submitted applications.  In July of 2011, 14 million dollars was placed into the fund. At the present time these monies are being utilized for grant applications submitted prior to May of 2011. Once these applications have been processed, new applications (May 2011 and later) will be reviewed.

There is a mis perception that the grant fund has run dry or is out of money. The grant program is very much still processing leaking oil tank grant application in New Jersey. Since the grant program was an act of legislation,New Jersey has a financial commitment to place money into the fund every year until 2021.

If you are planning to apply for a tank grant, now is the time to submit your cost of work and remedial plan to the grant program. Please note that submitting both a properly completed grant application and a fundamentally sound and reasonable leaking tank remediation scope of work and cost structure will help ensure a faster grant approval process. We have found this to be true time and time again through experience with the grant program and with 20 years of environmental remediation.

 What this means to leaking oil tank grant applicants and carriers:

  1. Any applicant that has received a funding approval agreement from the EDA can safely proceed with the remedial work as approved.   Applicants with any cost overruns on the remedial work can still apply for supplemental funding.  These supplemental fund requests will be reviewed but funding may not be approved based on available monies in the fund.
  2. Any grant application submitted after May 3, 2011, will be time stamped and reviewed when the NJDEP catches up to that part of the queue and based on availability of funds.
  3. The NJDEP has found that the grant program offered to homeowners to remove underground oil tanks has driven a rise in tank removals and associated case numbers for leaking tanks.   Without the financial incentive, the oil tank removal rate will attenuate to historic levels, with an increase during peak residential real estate sales periods.
  4. Grant applicants have been encouraged to perform testing and have been reimbursed for forensic investigations in order to date the range of when the tank leak occurred.  This approach is to try to obtain partial insurance coverage from past policies.  Most homeowners do not realize that insurance coverage may be available from the insurance policy for tank leaks.
  5. Insurance Carriers will have to perform tighter investigation to ensure that plume areas are well defined as homeowners will have to bear the burden of remedial costs without the benefit of financial grants from New Jersey.
  6. If additional funding is transferred to the grant fund, the NJDEP and EDA may take a stricter stance on the need based criteria for grant approval to help supply grants to the neediest of applicants.   The NJDEP previously implemented this approach when regulated commercial underground storage tanks had access to this grant funding, on June 30, 2010, this funding was closed to new applicants.

 

When will monies be added to the leaking oil tank grant fund so that new applications can be processed?

The fund was set up as an act of legislation or law that required funding to be added after the fund is depleted below the $20,000,000.00 level and to continue to do so until 2021.  Monies are scheduled to be added to the fund during the next financial year which begins in July of 2011.   The amount of funding is not known. The NJDEP is also looking at amending the application process criteria, i.e., who is eligible for the leaking and non leaking tank grant.   These changes are not known at the present time, but it is possible that income levels and financial asset limits will be lowered to ensure that the neediest of applicants have access to the grant.

 

*Taken from the NJDEP web site.

Leaking Oil Tank Grant Overview

Grants are available for property owners with Leaking Underground Storage Tanks.  The grants are provided by the NJDEP through the EDA.

Eligible Applicants for Leaking Oil Tank Grants

Homeowners with a leaking home heating oil underground storage tank (UST) can get hardship grants may be awarded for 100% of eligible project costs up to $500,000 per site. To qualify for hardship grants homeowner applicants must have a taxable income of less than $250,000 and a personal net worth, excluding applicant’s primary residence and pension, of less than $500,000.

Important Information

Funding is not available for remediation associated with a petroleum UST that was removed or closed prior to the effective dates of the Federal and State UST regulations.

Funding is not available for Above ground Storage Tanks (ASTs) or for USTs containing products other than petroleum.

Once an applicant is found to qualify for the NJDEP Grant Program, following receipt and review of project activity invoices and receipts the NJDEP will authorize the NJEDA to release a portion of or the total funding request, as appropriate. The NJDEP may authorize the NJEDA to release a portion of the total funding award based on project needs.

Eligible Costs 

Reasonable costs for equipment, work, and services associated to upgrade, close or remediate a regulated UST used to store petroleum products

Replacement of a leaking UST with equivalent UST or AST

Reasonable and necessary consulting, contracting, and engineering costs

Remediation of discharges from leaking USTs

Limited legal fees incurred for actual remediation of environmental insult (off site access)

Applicant Fees

$250.00 for leaking homeowner tanks

Grant Exclusions for Applicability

ASTs (Aboveground Storage Tanks) do not qualify.

Estates: value of the home would be included in the net worth. If there is enough equity in the home to pay for the remedial work, the hardship grant can not be issued.

This document is a summary overview and does not contain all information regarding UST grants. Curren has a complete grant information packet. It is strongly advised that it be read in its entirety.  To obtain a copy please submit your information on the form to the right of the page.   To speak to a grant specialist immediately, call our office at 888-301-1050

Download an NJDEP-EDA Leaking Oil Tank Grant Application

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