Environmental Financial Assistance
Not only does The Reynolds Group offer services to investigate and clean up contaminated properties, but we also provide ongoing environmental financial assistance to take advantage of funding resources. We stay current on legislative developments that provide opportunities or insights to help our clients address environmental liabilities associated with real properties.
Financial Assistance Services
TRG can identify possibilities, apply, and (if eligibility allows) help clients secure funding for environmental investigations and cleanups through State of California initiatives. For example, late in 2014, Senate Bill 445 created the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program which provides grants to investigate and clean up contaminated properties that are not associated with petroleum fuel underground storage tanks. SB 445 also revised the UST Cleanup Fund and the Orphan Site Cleanup Fund. These changes may provide real property stakeholders more opportunities to address liabilities associated with chemical contaminants.
California Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (USTCF)
As many property owners may know, the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund assists petroleum UST owners and operators to meet the federal and state requirements for their tank operations. SB 445 extended the Cleanup Fund’s sunset date to 2025, allowing more claimants to apply for reimbursements associated with the cleanup of leaking USTs.
As a grant program within the Division of Financial Assistance, the Orphan Site Cleanup Fund (OSCF) provides financial assistance for the cleanup of sites contaminated by leaking petroleum USTs where there is no financially responsible party and the applicant is not eligible for the Cleanup Fund. SB 445 changed the eligibility for OSCF grants by no longer excluding properties that have active businesses operating on them. In the past, the OSCF disqualified many properties.
TRG is experienced with the intricate applications required for the various state funds and will provide assistance to complete and submit the necessary documentation so it conforms to the acceptable standards of the fund. Once funding becomes available, TRG prepares reimbursement claims at no charge to our clients.
Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP)
In late 2014, Senate Bill 445 created the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP), which allows the State Water Resource Control Board to provide grants to investigate and clean up contaminated properties that ARE NOT associated with petroleum fuel underground storage tanks. SCAP’s list of contaminants is more extensive than existing funds/grants, therefore broadening the types of properties that may be eligible. As of August 2015, TRG can submit a “pre-application” to screen for eligibility.
The State Water Board determines which program, if any, is the most appropriate for each project. Eligible projects include:
- the responsible party lacks financial resources
- level of harm or threat to human health, safety, and the environment from surface or groundwater contamination
- the regulatory agency has issued a directive, unless infeasible
- disadvantaged or small community impact
- lack of alternate funding source(s)
The Reynolds Group can review your project’s eligibility and, with your cooperation, pre-apply for SCAP funding on your behalf.