Tank Site Remediation Program

THE PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW PROPERTIES.

THE PROGRAM WILL BE OFFICIALLY CLOSED FEBRUARY 28, 2018.

Program Description

The Tank Site Remediation Program was targeted to property owners with underground storage tanks installed before September 1, 1992. The program provides grant funding and technical support to eligible owners of current or former retail gas station sites to help them with the costs of bringing their sites into compliance with the Alberta Fire Code and the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Although the program is not accepting new applications, it continues to allocate available funding to sites accepted into the program up to March 31, 2009. The program will be officially closed February 28, 2018. Any unspent grant funding will not be available to program participants after this date.

Program Eligibility

The program continued the work that began under the Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Site Remediation Program, which was introduced in October 2000 and closed to new applicants in 2002. The priority for the second program was to provide additional funding to participants from the original program who encountered heavy contamination on their eligible sites.

Until March 31, 2009, the program accepted new applications from municipalities and owners of small retail gas stations. Eligibility was determined using the same criteria that were applied under the original program.

Eligible sites must have had a tank installed prior to the Alberta Fire Code Amendments of September 1, 1992. The program did not include large retailers or non-retail operations such as trucking operations, bulk fuel plants, and municipally owned-and-operated refuelling depots. Also not included were small retail  gas stations that had been out of service for more than two years and still had tanks in the ground unless they were within:

  • 500 m of a water well
  • 200 m of surface water
  • 150 m of an underground structure that has a subsurface depth of greater than five metres and is accessible to the public (e.g. a subway station or parking garage)
  • one of the 23 municipalities with sensitive groundwater resources

Program Funding

Owners from the original program who encountered heavy contamination had either A) remediation costs that exceeded the maximum available grant, or B) spent their own funds in excess of the maximum available grant, may have been eligible to receive up to an additional $50,000 per site in assistance. 

Eligible new applicants received a base grant of up to $110,000 per site to conduct an environmental site assessment and carry out any necessary remediation, as well as up to an additional $50,000 per site to conduct further remediation at sites with heavy contamination. The maximum base grant for multiple sites was dependant on the number of sites owned by the applicant(s) and not on the number of grant applications submitted or the number of sites requiring additional funding.

Any information submitted to the Tank Site Remediation Program is publicly available upon request, subject to privacy provisions, and can be accessed using the link for the Request for Information Form below.

For more information

Please contact the Grants and Education Property Tax Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs:

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  • Date modified: 2016-12-22