The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $1.6M grant to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) to assist the state in cleaning up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. This grant is funded through the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to support state efforts to address this type of contamination. Wyoming will use the funding to support staff that oversee and coordinate cleanup projects throughout the state.
“Grants made under the LUST Trust Fund give states the flexibility to clean up petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA is providing funds directly to Wyoming so that the state may determine how best to address its unique and critical environmental challenges.”
EPA’s grant will help protect citizens and the environment in Wyoming by supporting efforts to both clean up and prevent petroleum releases from underground storage tanks. Last year, Wyoming reported 6 new confirmed discharges, 96 cleanups completed and 707 that are under investigation or active remediation. Wyoming’s goals for this year are to complete additional cleanups and further reduce the rate of confirmed releases at underground storage tank facilities, protecting human health and the environment.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
Date: Aug 22, 2017