Utah's underground storage tank program will get an infusion of $1.9 million in stimulus money, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.
The funding is part of $197 million being distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for shovel-ready projects nationwide at sites where underground petroleum storage tanks have leaked and left contamination. The money can be used for assessing sites and cleaning them up in an emergency or when the responsible party is unknown or unwilling or unable to pay.
"This Recovery Act funding is a great opportunity to create jobs and protect Utah's land and groundwater from leaking underground storage tanks," said Carol Rushin, EPA's acting regional administrator in Denver. "The jobs created will help considerably in cleaning up these high priority leaking tank projects."
Leaking underground storage tanks pose the threat that petroleum or other hazardous substances get into the soil and contaminate groundwater. Groundwater provides drinking water for nearly one-third of all Americans.