United States
Environmental Protection
Office of Solid Waste
And Emergency Response
October 2000
Underground  Storage
Tanks  And Brownfields   Sites
                                                                UTAH/Salt Lake City
EPA's USTfields Initiative will fund pilots in Brownfields communities to assess and clean up petroleum contamination from
federally-regulated underground storage tanks (USTs) at idle or abandoned commercial properties.  Petroleum contamination is
generally excluded from coverage under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
(CERCLA) and is not, therefore, covered under EPA's Brownfields Program. In its USTfields Pilot Program, EPA's Office of
Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) has selected 10 state/local pilots in which the state will partner with a local area to assess
and/or clean up two or more petroleum-impacted underground storage tank sites. Each pilot state will receive up to $100,000 of
LUST Trust funds to be used to assess and clean up the local area sites. This will help to ready them for future reuse.

EPA selected the State of Utah as an USTfields
Pilot. The state is targeting Salt Lake City, which has
been successful as a Brownfields Assessment and
Showcase Community; however, funding through
the Brownfields program generally cannot be
applied to petroleum-impacted sites.  This has
created a gap in the city's ability to address
underground storage tanks in its neighborhoods.
Economic forces have moved the sale of gasoline
out of local neighborhoods and into more urban
retail outlets. This  trend  has left many abandoned
gas stations and their associated health and
environmental risks located in or on the edge of low
income neighborhoods.  Overgrown weeds and
graffiti cover abandoned  gas stations that are often
on highly visible corner lots and have a negative
impact on surrounding neighborhoods.  Local
governments are interested in assessing and
cleaning up such properties and returning them to
productive use for  the community.


USTfields Pilot funds will allow the State of Utah to
foster  a partnership with the Redevelopment
Agency of Salt Lake City to clean up USTfields sites
to thereby remove  a barrier to economic
redevelopment and community revitalization. The
state will use funding to identify and prioritize
potential USTfields sites  and to characterize and
clean up contamination,  including MTBE
                                                         Region 8
                              Salt Lake City,
                            Applicant Name: Utah

                            Local Partner: City of Salt Lake City

                            Date of Selection: October2000

                            Profile: The State of Utah plans to work with the
                            Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City to
                            assess and clean up petroleum contamination at
                            formergasoline stations.

                            EPA Region 8

                            Joe Ann Taylor
                            (303) 312-6152
                    Utah Department of
                    Environment Quality

                    Dale Marx or
                    Dale Urban
                    (801) 536-4100
                                                 For further information, go to
                                 EPA USTfields INITIATIVE
   EPA and the state have not yet negotiated the Cooperative Agreement to fund this pilot; therefore, activities are subject to change.