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USTFields—An Innovative Approach to Reuse

Last year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks launched the USTFields pilot program by providing ten states $100,000 each to cover the costs associated with the cleanup of petroleum-contaminated sites. These funds could be used to assess, clean up, and monitor petroleum affected, federally regulated underground storage tank (UST) sites. The use of these funds was found to remove barriers to reuse and allow communities to put sites back into productive use. In New Jersey, the city of Trenton was selected to participate in the initial USTFields pilot program. Trenton (a Brownfields Showcase Community), the U.S. EPA and the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection partnered to implement the pilot by addressing petroleum contamination on four sites in the city. In many instances the actual or potential contamination from leaking underground storage tanks is the city’s final cleanup and financial barrier in completing the redevelopment of…Log In to Read Full Article

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