Do You Suspect or Have You Recently Discovered a Release?

There are several time-critical steps for which you are responsible as the storage tank owner. IGI would be pleased to complete any or all of these steps on your behalf.

Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund

  • If you own an underground storage tank, you may be eligible for coverage under the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF). Claims to USTIF must be reported within 60 days of the date that the release was discovered.
  • USTIF will then request a package of additional information. We then prepare a USTIF Claim Response document including all of the additional information requested. USTIF determines your eligibility for coverage based on this document. A thorough, detailed and accurate USTIF Claim Response is crucial in order to receive full USTIF coverage. IGI has successfully completed numerous USTIF Claim Response documents.
  • The next document required by USTIF is a Work Plan. The Work Plan includes basic site information and describes the initial site characterization activities proposed for the site. IGI will prepare a thorough Work Plan on your behalf.
  • All reports submitted to PADEP, as described above, are also submitted to USTIF.
  • USTIF may require you to enter into a Fixed Fee Contract for the completion of environmental work at your site. If so, IGI has extensive experience in preparing Fixed Fee Contracts with USTIF.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

  • You are required to report the release verbally to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection within 24 hours of the discovery of the release. A follow-up Notification of Reportable Release form must be completed and submitted to PADEP within 15 days. PADEP also requires you to notify the local municipality.
  • After a release is reported, the next step is site characterization. Site characterization often includes drilling to collect soil samples and install monitoring wells and soil vapor points, collection of groundwater samples, collection of soil vapor samples, aquifer testing, and pilot testing to evaluate possible remedial technologies. PADEP requires that a Site Characterization Report (SCR) be submitted within 180 days of the date that the release was discovered.
  • A Remedial Action Plan (RAP) must then be submitted to PADEP. The deadline for this report varies depending on the remedial standard selected in the SCR. The RAP describes the proposed approach for remediation of the site.
  • Upon approval of the RAP by PADEP, remediation begins. The type of remediation will vary depending on the site but could include soil excavation, groundwater pump and treat, dual phase vacuum extraction, soil vapor extraction, or enhanced biological remediation. PADEP requires that Remedial Action Progress Reports (RAPRs) be submitted on a quarterly basis.
  • When remediation is complete, a Remedial Action Completion Report (RAPR) is submitted to PADEP. This report demonstrates attainment of the selected remedial standard. Upon PADEP’s approval of the RAPR, you will be granted release from liability.
  • Note: The deadlines listed on this page are correct as of 01/22/2013. PADEP or USTIF may change deadlines at anytime without notification. Please check their websites to verify critical deadlines.