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Underground Storage Tank Assessment

Your Underground Storage Tank (UST), that thing lurking just below the surface of your property . . . the one you’d rather not think about . . .is “delaying my plans and I’m just too busy to deal with it.” You may wonder, do I qualify for the MUSTA cleanup fund? How much will my UST insurance renewal cost me? Is the insurance/MUSTA actually worth anything? Are my USTs leaking? Could I get tagged with a big cleanup bill? Does my current consultant understand how to minimize the cost to ME? These are some of the questions that wake up many of our clients at 3am.

Adopt a Comprehensive Strategy

At BLDI, we understand that your UST isn’t an isolated issue. Rather, it’s often the greatest single factor affecting the value of your property, the value of your business and the means for you to retire. It influences your ability to refinance your loan, sell your business/property or, often more important, transition the property to the next generation. That’s why we developed our “UST 360” tool. The “UST 360” includes:

  • Your personal, business, and financial goals
  • The history, design and compliance of your UST system
  • Insurance or state fund issues
  • The past, current or future cleanup issues
  • Your future plans to upgrade your system, refinance, sell, retire or transition the business

We Represent YOU

We’re here to help you assess your options for being in the best possible situation when it’s time for you to deal with your UST system.

See Our Work in Action:

Gas Station Underground Storage Tank Upgrade Activities

Gas Station Underground Storage Tank Remediation and Closure

Due Diligence Services for Purchase of Multiple Retail Gas Stations

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have a reported release associated with my UST system, what is next?

Once a release is confirmed and reported within 24 hours, specific tasks and associated reports are required to be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). At any time prior to the regulatory due date, upon completion of all required tasks, a Closure Report (CR) may be submitted to EGLE. Part 213 requires the following reports:

  • Initial Assessment Report (IAR): requires information related to the initial abatement measures, and site investigation. The IAR is required to be submitted to EGLE within 180 days of the release.
  • Final Assessment Report (FAR): requires full characterization of the impacted media (soil, groundwater, vapor), exposure assessment, corrective action and timelines for task completion. The FAR is required to be submitted to EGLE within 365 days of the release.
  • Corrective Action Plan (CAP): provides a detailed description of method and means to address the impacted media and mitigate exposures. The CAP is submitted as part of the FAR and has the same submittal time-frame requirement.

Closure Report (CR): documents the completion of all investigation and corrective action. The CR often includes restrictions on exposures to impacted soil and/or groundwater to remain in place. There is no specified timeline on submittal of a CR.

What is MUSTA?

The investigation, cleanup, and closure of a release is costly but, if the proper steps are taken, the cost may be covered under Michigan's MUSTA cleanup fund.

  • MUSTA: Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority
  • Determination of Eligibility: the first step is to ensure that all the required paperwork is filed with MUSTA
  • Compliance with applicable regulations, especially release reporting, is also critical to ensure MUSTA eligibility
  • Reimbursement is available up to $1,000,000 for eligible expenses
  • MUSTA has required deductibles of: $2,000 for owners of seven or fewer USTs and $10,000 for owners of eight or more USTs.
  • Some limited financial assistance (Legacy Fund) may also be available for releases prior to December 30, 2014
How do I Report a Release?

If an owner/operator finds visible or olfactory evidence of contamination in the underground storage tank excavation or along pipe runs, or if analytical results show contamination, the owner/operator or their consultant must report a suspected or confirmed release within 24 hours to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Storage Tank Division by:

  • FAX ( using form (BFS-3826) to 517-332-1428 or 517-332-1427

"Visible evidence" means presence of a product sheen on water or stained soils. "Olfactory evidence" means the smell of product odors in soils or water within the tank or pipe excavation.

Positive indication from field monitoring equipment such as H-Nu meters, organic vapor analyzers, or combustible gas detectors constitutes a suspected release. However, the owner/operator may report a suspected or confirmed release anytime they believe one has occurred.