ASTSWMO recently published a report about State/Territory UST programs and how potential budget cuts might affect their efforts at preventing leaking USTs. Here’s the full report.
- States cannot absorb any future reductions in federal funding without significant loss in their ability to operate a fully integrated functioning program. The tanks program relies on an important State and federal partnership. Many States would likely divest from this program if there was a perceived loss of federal commitment.
- Future budget reductions will result in fewer cleanups completed.
- Future budget cuts would result in the reduction or elimination of mission critical work. Mission critical work is defined as those fundamental components that are intrinsic to tank program operation.
- Future groundwater contamination and other threats to public health are likely to increase if State programs are not adequately funded.
- The UST compliance program has made great strides in increasing the number of compliant tanks, which has resulted in fewer releases. Loss of program funding could reverse this trend.