Staff from the State UST Program (a department of the Groundwater Quality Branch of the SWRCB) designed the policy to make significant changes to existing cleanup requirements for sites with releases to soil, soil vapor, and groundwater. This policy change was adopted and approved by the state’s OAL in August 2012. The details and the implications of this policy change are profound. The policy has not been followed widely, and is familiar to industry insiders, consultants and regulators who recognize that the LTCP brings new, less stringent petroleum hydrocarbon cleanup requirements.
The Low Threat UST Closure Policy was approved by the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on August 17, 2012 and is now effective.
will need to interpret the new policy. Consultants
will have to advise others and implement the new rules. Property Owners
or Prospective Property Owners
, Adjacent Property Owners
, and Water Purveyors
will need more resources to satisfy local regulatory cleanup objectives. Others who might be affected by the changes in this California environmental policy might be utility workers, tenants, residents or employees at contaminated properties, adjacent property owners, bankers lending on properties, insurers and others.