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Financial Assistance UST Fund


The Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Fund
(Petroleum UST Fund, is also called UST Fund or PUST Fund)


Please be advised that new applications for leaking Unregulated USTs (which includes all residential Heating Oil USTs) will continue to be accepted and acknowledged, but shall not be reviewed or processed at this time. They will be date stamped at the time of receipt and processed when funding becomes available. Currently there is a 3.5 year wait on all new applications being received by the Department of Environmental Protection. In addition, effective May 3, 2011, the UST Fund will no longer accept or process Non-leaking UST Fund applications due to insufficient funds. For more information regarding the current UST Fund status, please see the:

FAQs regarding the Current UST Fund status document.

The Department of Environmental Protection is aware that contractors advertise that state funding is available and that tank removal and remediation can be done at no cost to homeowners. However, the UST Fund has never guaranteed funding for applicants to this program.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS DOES NOT AFFECT SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDING REQUESTS. If your application has already been approved and funding provided, any supplemental funding request for that application shall be processed, assuming sufficient funding is available.

If you have questions regarding the UST Fund, please call (609) 984-2076.

Please note that effective July 1, 2010, the UST Fund discontinued accepting new Regulated UST Fund applications. However, if a regulated tank is newly discovered, the UST Fund will accept an application in this situation, if the owner/operator files their application for a newly discovered and previously unregistered regulated tank within 18 months from the date of discovery. This deadline does not affect supplemental UST Fund applications for regulated or unregulated (residential heating oil tank) applications.

For additional information please contact the UST Fund at (609) 984-2076.

Regulated Applications Closed
6/30/2010 (only newly discovered USTs)
(Including Residential Heating Oil Tanks)

Petroleum UST Fund Regulated Application

The application includes the current UST Fund Cost Guide and Fact Sheet.

Petroleum UST Fund Unregulated Application

The application includes the current UST Fund Cost Guide and Fact Sheet.

UST Fund Background

On August 30, 1997, Governor Whitman signed the law establishing the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Fund (UST Fund) within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and administered jointly with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

The UST Fund was created to provide financial assistance to eligible owners and operators of leaking petroleum underground storage tanks The UST Fund statute was amended in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

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Be advised that as of October 3, 2006, due to the enactment of P.L. 2006, c.58, all contractors performing work on non-regulated underground storage tanks, including homeowner heating oil tanks, where work is being funded by the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade & Closure Fund, must be certified in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:14B-13.