The core objective of the OPS Petroleum Brownfields Program is to promote environmental protection, provide economic benefits, create jobs and support community revitalization through the assessment, cleanup and reuse of abandoned and underutilized petroleum storage and dispensing sites throughout the State of Colorado.
Petroleum brownfields are often abandoned gas stations with known or perceived contamination that complicates the future sale, reuse or redevelopment of the property. These stations are found in almost every Colorado community, and many are visible on the Main Streets of our towns.
Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund
On May 18, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 13-1252 into law. This law creates the Petroleum Cleanup and Redevelopment Fund, which will be used to administer the program, investigate, abate, prepare and implement corrective action plans for facilities with petroleum releases that are not eligible for reimbursement through the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund. The maximum amount payable to each project is $500,000 or 50% of the eligible cleanup costs, whichever is less. A portion of the monies in the newly established fund will also go to the state highway fund for the construction of a fire suppression system in the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel.
The Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) is responsible for promulgating the rules to implement this law.
For more information about this fund, click on the resources available below.