he Preapproval Program provides financial assistance to support facilities with contamination from a leaking underground storage tank (UST). As part of the preapproval application process, ADEQ helps customers focus on the specific tasks, schedules and expected budgets for completing the required cleanup work for their site.
For UST owners and operators who can demonstrate compliance with financial responsibility requirements, ADEQ provides reimbursement limited to costs not covered by the applicable financial assurance mechanism.
Eligibility for the Preapproval Program is determined using a thorough application and review process. Key factors include:
A confirmed UST leak/contamination
Financial Assurance Mechanism (Insurance, alternative mechanism, etc.)
For insurance claims, evidence of continued pursuit of coverage (email between insured and insurance company in regards to the claim) and proof of a timely claim to the financial responsibility provider | View Insurance Policy Checklist >
For help determining if you qualify, request an eligibility consultation by email. Please include your name and relationship to the facility, the ADEQ-assigned Facility ID Number, and Leaking UST Number(s) | Email Request for Consultation >
The ADEQ Preapproval Program does not provide federally and state required coverage for UST releases and third-party damages. This means funding through the ADEQ Preapproval Program is not financial assurance and cannot be used to demonstrate compliance with financial responsibility. The financial assurance mechanism(s) utilized by UST owners and operators to demonstrate compliance with financial responsibility requirements is primary to eligibility for state reimbursement funding.
UST owners and operators relying on UST insurance to demonstrate compliance with financial responsibility (FR), activities conducted, and costs incurred without following notification requirements under their UST insurance policy may be denied insurance coverage and may not be eligible for reimbursement under this program.