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Senate Bill 445 was recently passed in California to amend current laws regulating underground storage tanks that are used to store hazardous substances, petroleum, groundwater and surface water contamination. SB 445 Chapter 547 changes a number of requirements of the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (USTCF). Most significantly, the establishment of the Site Cleanup Subaccount (SCSA) expands the scope of contaminated properties that are eligible for funds to offset cost of investigation and remediation. This may help property owners get access to funds to clean up contaminated properties, and ease the financial burden on business owners to comply with regulations by offering a reimbursement (funded by an increase in the storage fee that UST owners are required to pay for each gallon of petroleum)

Specifics of SB 445, Chapter 547

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