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Second Regular Session of the 118th


S.P. 778 - L.D. 2105

An Act to Reduce Groundwater Contamination from Leaking Oil Storage Tanks

     Emergency preamble. Whereas, Acts of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and

     Whereas, leaks and spills from aboveground oil storage facilities are reported to the Department of Environmental Protection at a rate of one per day; and

     Whereas, these leaks and spills often adversely affect public health by contaminating drinking water supplies and polluting indoor air; and

     Whereas, clean-up costs for these leaks and spills average $19,000 per incident; and

     Whereas, these clean-up costs are paid from the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund and the number of claims against the fund for cleanup from home heating oil tanks has doubled since 1993; and

     Whereas, fund expenditures for oil cleanup could be reduced by using the fund to pay for tank improvements that prevent leaks and spills; and

     Whereas, statutory authorization is needed to disburse money from the fund for such pollution prevention measures; and

     Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

     Sec. 1. 10 MRSA §1023-D, sub-§3, as repealed and replaced by PL 1993, c. 601, §2, is amended to read:

     3. Application of fund. Money in the fund may be applied to carry out any power of the authority under this section or under or in connection with section 1026-F, including, but not limited to, to pledge or transfer and deposit money in the fund as security for and to apply money in the fund in payment of principal, interest and other amounts due on insured loans. Money in the fund may be used for direct loans or grants for all or part of underground oil storage facility replacement projects, underground oil storage tank replacement projects, aboveground oil storage tank or facility construction or replacement projects or gasoline service station vapor control or petroleum liquids transfer vapor recovery projects as described in paragraph A when the authority determines that:

Applicants demonstrating the requirement to install equipment related to the improvement of air quality pursuant to section 1026-F and who own fewer than 15 service stations, and who are not able to repay a loan, are eligible to receive no more than $35,000 per service station in grants for the payment of expenses relating to the installation of this equipment.

The authority, pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter II, shall adopt rules for determining eligibility, feasibility, terms, conditions and security for the loans and grants. In the case of loans, the authority may charge an interest rate that may be as low as 0% and may be greater, depending on the financial ability of the applicant to pay as determined by the authority, up to a maximum of the prime rate of interest charged by major Boston New York banks. The maximum the authority may loan or grant to any

one borrower, including related entities as determined by the authority, is $600,000. Loans or grants for the purposes listed in paragraph A, subparagraph (3) may not exceed $1,000,000 in a 12-month period. Money in the fund not needed currently to meet the obligations of the authority as provided in this section may be invested as permitted by law.

     Sec. 2. 38 MRSA §569-A, sub-§8, ¶¶K and L, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 363, §14 and affected by §21, are amended to read:

     Sec. 3. 38 MRSA §569-A, sub-§8, ¶¶M and N are enacted to read:

     Sec. 4. Transfer of funds; Maine State Housing Authority. On or before October 1, 1998, the Maine State Housing Authority shall transfer to the Department of Environmental Protection for deposit in the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund the undistributed balance of any funds previously transferred to the Maine State Housing Authority under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, former section 569 and section 569-A.

     Sec. 5. Report. On or before January 15, 2000, the Fund Insurance Review Board shall report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over natural resources matters on the disbursement of funds from the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 569-A, subsection 8, paragraphs M and N. In preparing the report, the Fund Insurance Review Board shall consult with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Oil and Solid Fuel Board, community action agencies and other interested parties. The report must include the following:

     1. Information on the general condition of aboveground oil storage tanks and facilities in Maine;

     2. The amount of money disbursed from the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund to retrofit, repair or replace aboveground oil storage tanks, and the number and location of those tanks; and

     3. A recommendation as to whether the law should be amended to allow further disbursements from the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund for retrofitting, repairing or replacing aboveground oil storage tanks and facilities.

     Sec. 6. Allocation. The following funds are allocated from Other Special Revenue funds to carry out the purposes of this Act.



Remediation and Waste Management

Provides an additional allocation for the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund to cover the additional costs of retrofitting, repairing or replacing certain aboveground oil storage tanks and facilities.

     Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this Act takes effect when approved.

Effective March 23, 1998.

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