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Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program

All funds allocated for the Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program through June 30, 2017 have been depleted. The Department cannot accept any more applications at this time. *Extension of this program after June 30, 2017 requires legislative action. Information about the future of the Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program will be posted on this web page when it becomes available. Information can also be obtained via email updates or by calling the Site Remediation Division at 717-787-0886.

*Note: Senate Bill 649 was introduced in April 2017 by Sen. John Yudichak (D-14). This legislation proposes to extend DEP’s underground storage tank environmental cleanup program, which includes the Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program, another five years until June 30, 2022. It also proposes a funding increase for reimbursements from $500,000 to $750,000 annually. The following is a link to more information on Senate Bill 649:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billinfo/billinfo.cfm?syear=2017&sind=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0649

*Note: House Bill 290, introduced in February 2017 by Rep. Carl Metzgar (R-69), has been amended. This legislation now proposes to extend DEP’s underground storage tank environmental cleanup program, which includes the Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program, another five years until June 30, 2022. It also proposes a funding increase for reimbursements from $500,000 to $750,000 annually. The following is a link to more information on House Bill 290:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=H&type=B&bn=290

The Underground Heating Oil Tank Cleanup Reimbursement Program provides funds to help with environmental cleanup costs due to releases of heating oil from underground tanks. This program is available to owners of underground heating oil tanks with a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less, used for heating onsite. In order to qualify for the program, the heating oil release must have occurred after Jan. 30, 1998.

Typical environmental cleanup costs eligible for reimbursement include excavating, emptying, cleaning, removing, transporting and disposing of a leaking storage tank; excavating contaminated soil; transporting and disposing of wastes; and restoring disturbed or contaminated areas by backfilling, grading and revegetating. Costs associated with the removal of non-leaking storage tanks and releases from storage tanks located in underground areas such as basements or cellars are not eligible for reimbursement.

The tank owner must pay a $1,000 deductible. Reimbursement is limited to the remaining eligible costs or $4,000, whichever is less. The reimbursement and deductible apply on a per tank basis. All reimbursements are funded through the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund and $500,000 per year is available for this program.

Application Forms and Instructions

  • Application Form
  • IMPORTANT! - IRS Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification MUST BE INCLUDED WITH THE APPLICATION. The form is available here.
  • Reimbursement information will be reported to the IRS and may be subject to federal tax.
  • Heating Oil Cleanup FAQs (PDF)

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Home Heating Oil Cleanup - Useful Information

For more information, contact the Storage Tank Cleanup Program in Harrisburg at 717-783-9475, the Environmental Cleanup Program in a local DEP regional office, or email tankcleanup@pa.gov.