Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

Leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) are a significant source of environmental contamination and may pose the following threats to human health and safety: fire and explosion; inhalation of dangerous vapors; contamination of soil and groundwater; contamination of drinking water; and contamination of streams, rivers, and lakes. These threats are minimized when responsible parties respond quickly and efficiently after a tank release. For more information, see An Introduction to Leaking Underground Storage Tanks.

The Leaking UST Section oversees the remedial activities after a release from an UST has been reported to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Leaking UST Section staff review the technical adequacy of plans, reports, and budgets. This includes the development and evaluation of the appropriate remediation objectives for each site. Once the site has met its remediation objectives and program requirements, the Illinois EPA issues a No Further Remediation Letter for the leaking UST incident.

The manager of the Leaking UST Section is Mohammed Rahman.

What's New...

  • The Bureau of Land has created a new avenue for disseminating information about changes in the Leaking UST Program. To be included when program changes warrant notification, please fill out and submit the Leaking UST Program Contact Information Form.

  • Illinois EPA is actively processing payment of claims for work completed under the Illinois Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program. Currently, Illinois EPA is not able to update the Payment Priority List. However, to view the status of your claim, please visit the Office of the Comptroller at https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/vendors/ and follow the directions on the screen. Please note, you will need the Vendor TIN (FEIN or Social Security Number) and name of the Vendor to complete the request. If you have additional questions, after reviewing the status on the Comptroller’s website, please feel free to contact our fiscal office at 217-782-3250.

  • In accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 734.605(b), a complete application for payment must include an affidavit signed by each subcontractor that performed an activity for which costs are sought for payment from the UST Fund. The completed affidavit must be signed by an authorized agent of the subcontractor, subscribed and sworn before a notary public. The affidavit is included in the application for payment forms.

  • In accordance with 35 Ill. Adm. Code 734.605(b), a complete application for payment must include a quarterly report of workforce participation.

  • July 1, 2021 New Subpart H Maximum Payment amounts posted for July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

  • Illinois EPA has developed a checklist (and an accompanying flowchart) that may be used to exclude the indoor inhalation exposure route in accordance with 35 Illinois Administrative Code (Ill. Adm. Code) Section 742.312. This checklist shall be applied during the development of site investigation completion report (SICR) and corrective action plan (CAP), if applicable, and may be reapplied after completion of a corrective action plan proposing active remediation.

  • Pursuant to 35 Illinois Administrative Code (35 Ill. Adm. Code) Section 734.135(a), Illinois EPA is requiring the submittal in electronic format of all Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) plans, budgets and reports in addition to hard copies. Once the site is assigned to a Project Manager (PM), the PM will reach out to request electronic copies.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Leaking Underground Storage Tank Section
1021 North Grand Avenue East
P.O. Box 19276
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9276
Phone: 217-524-3300
Fax # 217-782-9308