UST Grant Application Success Story
A grass corner lot sat vacant in a very desirable location. Formerly a gas station, the property owner had purchased it decades earlier believing that environmental concerns had been addressed, only to find out later that additional underground storage tanks (USTs) and contamination remained. Potential remediation costs exceeded the value of the property, and the former owner could not viably pay the necessary costs to receive “no further action” status.
Cox-Colvin was asked to design a vapor mitigation system that would allow a building to be constructed on the property by protecting building occupants from the contamination below. We realized that the presence of a building over most of the property would make future remediation efforts extremely difficult and nearly guarantee that “no further action” status could not be achieved for many more decades. Despite this, a vapor mitigation system could allow the property to be redeveloped while still ensuring the safety of building occupants.
Cox-Colvin performed additional investigation to understand contamination levels in soil gas at the property. The investigation revealed that the site was very contaminated, with soil gas concentrations in some areas of the property at potentially explosive levels. Instead of a vapor mitigation system, we recommended that the property owner apply for an Ohio Abandoned Gas Station Cleanup grant. Working with the property owner, the City, the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA), and the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), we prepared a successful grant application and the project received $500,000 in cleanup funding. Soil and groundwater remediation was performed, and the property achieved “no further action” status with no need for installation and ongoing operation of a vapor mitigation system.