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Subchapter 002 : UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK ASSISTANCE PROGRAM(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1944)
§ 1944. Underground Storage Tank Loan Assistance Program
(a) The Secretary may make individual loans of up to $150,000.00 for:
(1) the replacement or removal of category one tanks used for the storage of petroleum products. These loans shall be made from the Motor Fuel Account;
(2) the removal, or the replacement or improvement, or both, of piping, tank-top sumps, and other components of the secondary containment and release detection systems of category one tanks, for the purpose of reducing the likelihood of a release of regulated substance to the environment. These loans shall be made from the Motor Fuel Account;
(3) the removal, replacement, or upgrade of an underground or aboveground storage tank used for the storage of petroleum products for the purpose of reducing the likelihood of a release of petroleum into the environment. These loans shall be made from the Motor Fuel Account or Heating Fuel Account depending upon the use or contents of the tank.
(b) Loans shall be made to the person who owns the existing motor fuel tanks or will own the new motor fuel tanks. Loans will be in accordance with terms and conditions established by the Secretary that shall include requirements that:
(1) loans be made only for the costs associated with the replacement or removal of an underground motor fuel storage tank or improvement of piping and ancillary equipment used for the storage of petroleum products and associated facilities with a tank and facilities conforming to the requirements of this chapter;
(2) loans be secured by means satisfactory to the Secretary;
(3) proposed projects comply with all planning, zoning, laws, and regulation of the municipality where they are located and of the State of Vermont;
(4) loans have a satisfactory maturity date, in no case later than ten years from the date of the loan. The Secretary may, upon a showing of financial hardship by the person who took out the loan, extend the maturity date for not more than an additional five years.
(c) The loans will be at a zero interest rate, except that a person who owns five or more facilities shall have an interest rate of two percent. As used in this subsection, "facility" shall mean the property upon which a category one tank is located.
(d) The Secretary shall deposit repayments to the Petroleum Cleanup Fund.
(e) The Secretary may contract with other State agencies or authorities or with a commercial lending institution to carry out all or any portion of this loan program.
(f) At no time shall the amount of outstanding loans exceed the total of the amount of funds deposited to the Petroleum Cleanup Fund from the licensing fee established by section 1942 of this title.
(g) The Secretary may refinance existing loans for motor fuel tanks used for the storage of petroleum products incurred after July 1, 1987 under the same terms, conditions, and limitations that apply to initial loans. (Added 1987, No. 282 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; amended 1999, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2003, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2007, No. 18, § 5; 2009, No. 22, § 9; 2013, No. 55, § 6, eff. May 30, 2013.)