Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program

To support State (including Territories that are included in the definition of "State" in the Solid Waste Disposal Act) and Tribal corrective action programs that address releases from underground storage tanks.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: Program funds from the Leaking
Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) Trust are used to provide resources to States and Tribes for their underground storage tank (UST) programs.

Corrective Action: Eighty percent of the funds appropriated to the Agency for corrective action must be distributed to the states under cooperative agreements.

Program funds are to be used to provide resources for the oversight and corrective action for petroleum releases from federally-regulated underground storage tanks (USTs), as well as for enforcement activities related to such corrective action.

States that have entered into cooperative agreements with EPA have the authority to respond to petroleum releases from USTs using Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST) Trust funds where owners and operators are unknown, unwilling or unable to take corrective actions themselves, and in certain other circumstances.

States may also oversee responsible party cleanups.

When the LUST Trust Fund is used, tank owners/operators are liable to the State for costs incurred and are subject to cost recovery actions.

LUST Trust funds provide assistance to the States and Tribal governments in developing and implementing corrective action programs.

LUST Trust Funds will not be used to implement any provision of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, Title XV, Subtitle B, tha