2015 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Committee Approved)

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Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (language only)

Item 363 #2s

Item 363 #2s

Natural Resources
Environmental Quality, Department of

Page 327, strike line 41 through line 54.
Page 328, strike line 1 through line 3.
Page 327, following line 40, insert:
"I. The Department shall form a stakeholder working group including, but not limited to, representatives from industries providing services and remediation work to owners of leaking petroleum storage tanks as well as environmental communities to advise the Department regarding current guidance and policy governing the cleanup of petroleum releases.  The review shall determine: a) if the Department's present guidance is being applied uniformly across regional offices, b) the adequacy of the Department's guidance with respect to the Commonwealth's groundwater protection regulations and the Department's technical regulations regarding petroleum spill remediation; and c) the appropriate deductibles for homeowners.  Not later than November 30, 2015, the Department shall submit a report, including any recommendations of the working group, to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance."

(This amendment eliminates the Governor's proposed increase in the deductible paid by home and business owners for eligibility from the Underground Storage Tank Fund and requires the Department of Environmental Quality to form a stakeholder group to advise the Department on agency guidance governing the cleanup of petroleum releases. A companion amendment to Part 3-1.01 eliminates the proposed transfer of $2.4 million in program balances to the general fund.)