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Is There a Deductible Once a New LUST Case is Activated?

YES! The deductive for any new LUST case is 1% of all funds expensed towards the case for each $100,000 of corrective action work performed, not to exceed $5,000 in total. The deductible is billed in $1,000 increments until the full amount is collected. Any overpayment of a deductible will be refunded upon case closure.

Once a LUST Case has Been Closed, Can it be Re-opened?

Yes. There are several circumstances that would warrant reopening a case for further investigation and/or clean-up. Examples include changes in land use (such as installation of an on-site water supply well) that warrant further investigation of the environment risk associated with the change and reports of unexplained increases in concentrations of chemicals of concern in the soil and/or groundwater above levels that are deemed acceptable for that case.

Should public notification be made to adjacent property owners prior to initiating active remediation or closing a LUST case?

YES. Public notification must be made to adjacent or abutting property owners that have been or may be impacted by the release prior to initiating any required remediation. The notice must be made in the form of certified mail and communicate the information outlined in OAC 165:29-3-81(b)(1) thru (5).

If I Purchase Property Where There is an Active LUST case, am I Financially or Environmentally Liable in any Way?

No. Financial and environmental responsibilities associated with a LUST case remain with the original responsible party for the duration of the case.

Must All Groundwater Samples Collected During Sampling of Monitoring Well be Analyzed for MTBE?

The initial groundwater sampling event of the first four (4) monitoring wells must include screening for MTBE using EPA method 8020. If any of these exceeds 20 ug/l, then analysis of MTBE using EPA using method 8260 is required. You should contact the area Hydrologist for guidance on which monitoring well(s) should be analyzed for MTBE using EPA method 8260.

I will be disposing of soil and wastewater due to recent field activity at a release case. Do I need to send in a 48-hour field notification to the Technical Department for this activity?

Yes, if the disposal costs are being reimbursed the Indemnity Fund. We understand consultants may be using a subcontractor to pick up the waste and they may not give you a precise time of when they will be on site. The notification should specify a certain time 48 hours in advance and then anytime after that the waste may be removed from the site. This gives the Technical Department at least 48 hours to verify the quantity of the waste.

What is the difference between opening a suspicion of release versus a confirmed release case?

Generally it is  the amount and type of work or investigation required by the OCC PSTD.  This is usually based on the current knowledge of the site condition for risk to human health and the environment

When is the 20 day initial Release Abatement and Site Check Report due?

The 20 day initial Release Report is due 20 days from the date the Confirmed Release Letter is mailed to the responsible party.

Can we get a time extension for submitting the Initial Release Form?

No. The OCC PSTD needs information about the release as soon as possible to help protect public health and safety.

How long should I wait to submit a reimbursement claim once the report covering that scope of work has been submitted.

A consultant should wait a minimum of two (2) weeks from the date a report has been submitted before sending in the reimbursement claim cover that work. Any claim submitted earlier than this will be returned without processing.

When submitting a change order, do I need to attach unit cost worksheets showing the changes to the original scope of work?

Yes. All Change Order requests must be accompanied by the appropriate unit cost worksheets and clearly show how the difference in costs was arrived at.

Must the first four monitoring wells installed for the Oklahoma Risk-Based Corrective Action (ORBCA) Tier 1A assessment be 4-inches in diameter?

No. Two(2)-inch diameter monitoring wells can be installed but only with prior approval from the PSTD.

Do I need to submit competitive bids for the costs associated with active remediation at a LUST case? If so, how many bids and when should these be submitted?

YES. A minimum of (2) competitive bids must be submitted for costs associated with subcontracted labor or equipment comprising a single task or scope of work which exceeds $2500 from any one vendor or subcontractor at any one site. These bids must accompany the purchase order request for the costs associated with remediation.

Do I need to submit a non-collusion statement with each third party bid?

Yes. Every bid must be accompanied by a non-collusion statement. This non-collusion statement can be downloaded from the OCC website.

Must all competitive bids and non-collusion statements be dated and contain original signatures.?

Yes. All competitive bids and non-collusion statements must be dated and contain original signatures.

Must all soil samples collected for laboratory analyses be preserved in methanol?

All soil samples collected for laboratory analyses of BTEX must be preserved in methanol. The costs for the methanol preserved voas are included in the unit cost for installing monitoring wells.