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July 21st, 2016

Illinois UST cleanup fund authorized in state budget

Cleanup funds are again available to help tank owners in Illinois investigate and cleanup contamination caused by leaking USTs (underground storage tanks)

The Illinois budget impasse had frozen the UST Fund since July 1, 2015.  Tank owners andIMG_0260 operators pay into this Fund with every gallon of petroleum product they purchase.  The Fund is then available to help investigate and cleanup any leaks or spills from these underground storage tanks.

Tank owners had continued to pay into this Fund while Illinois lawmakers failed to agree on a state budget, but the Illinois Comptroller lacked authority to issue checks from the Fund without a state budget.

The Illinois stopgap budget passed on June 30th re-authorizes payments from this cleanup fund to be issued, clearing the way for the Comptroller to send over $20 million to tank owners for currently approved reimbursement claims.  Cleanups in process should also have access to this fund, since the budget authorizes up to $60 million to be issued from the UST Fund.

If you have any questions about the UST Fund or the cleanup process, contact Nancy Valenta at 773-617-1046 or nvalenta{at}gabenv.com.

July 6th, 2016

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Spotlight: HREC

One of the major changes to the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ASTM standard (E1527-13) is the enhanced definition of a REC (Recognized Environmental Condition).  ASTM added the term CREC (Controlled REC), in addition to the previously defined REC and HREC (Historical REC).

An HREC property is one that was previously deemed to have potential or actual contamination, but has since undergone remediation that meets current standards of cleanup.  An HREC site is not subject to any land use restrictions.

Case Study

Gabriel was conducting a Phase I in Chicago of a former machine IEPA-logoshop. The site was identified on the regulatory database search as an SRP (Site Remediation Program) site.  SRP is a voluntary cleanup program run by the Illinois EPA.  The IEPA is authorized to issue No Further Remediation (NFR) letters to the Remedial Applicants who have successfully demonstrated, through proper investigation and possible remedial action, that environmental conditions at their remediation site do not present a significant risk to human health or the environment.

This site received an NFR letter with no use restrictions or engineered barriers required.  Since the site clean-up, the property has been unoccupied and no longer has any hazardous substances on the premises.  Therefore, the previous contamination caused by past operations of the occupant represent an HREC for the site.

If you have questions about how Gabriel determines if an environmental condition is an HREC, contact Natalie Neuman, Group Leader Assessment Services, at 773-486-2123 or nneuman{at}gabenv.com.