Currently, to be eligible for state cleanup funds if a leak occurs, a tank owner must achieve compliance with fuel oil tank installation requirements found in state statute, the state Fire Code and DES "Best Management Practices for the Installation and Upgrading of On-Premise-Use Heating Oil Tanks," 2008 edition. By July 1, 2015, all tank owners must have achieved compliance, or state cleanup funding for a leak after July 1, 2015 will be lower - $500 less for a homeowner (unless low-income qualified) and $1,000 less for a business. That is, an owner's out-of-pocket cleanup costs will be greater, and achieving compliance will still be necessary to receive state cleanup funding. Therefore, DES strongly encourages owners to evaluate their systems now and correct any problems as soon as possible. This avoids the significant lifestyle disruption and cost associated with leaks and cleanup, and compliance costs are only likely to increase in the future.
The Safetank Program is available to income-qualified homeowners in New Hampshireto upgrade or replace their fuel oil storage tank system. In the majority of cases, installation professionals are paid directly for upgrade or replacement work approved by DES. Therefore, the homeowner need not spend their own funds and wait for state re-payment.
DES is currently accepting Safetank qualification applications and will approve system replacements or upgrades based on leak risk factors, working with installation professionals, community action programs, fuel oil dealers, manufactured housing communities, and other groups accordingly. Income-qualified homeowners should be aware that variations in both available funding and demand may result in significant delays in the completion of Safetank work.