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The Legacy Release Program (LRP) was created by Public Act 130 of 2017, which amended Part 215, Underground Storage Tank Corrective Action Funding of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451. The LRP allows eligible refined petroleum underground storage tank owners or operators (O/Os) to be reimbursed up to $50,000.00 for 50% of eligible costs for corrective action and/or indemnification costs incurred on or after December 30, 2014, in response to confirmed releases that were discovered and reported *prior* to December 30, 2014. The maximum total amount that may be expended on LRP claims is *up to* $36 million for the life of the LRP.

To date, the entire amount of available funding has been allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. Therefore, no additional claims will be reviewed at this time. However, the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) will accept 100 more claim applications that *may* be considered for eligibility in the future, *if funding becomes available *due to pending claims that are denied or approved claims that do not expend their maximum allowable reimbursement of $50,000*. *A daily update will be provided on the MUSTA homepage at www.michiga.gov/deqmusta [ http://www.michiga.gov/deqmusta ] as to the number of claims available to be added to the waiting list.

This announcement only refers to the LRP. It does *not* affect the ability of O/Os to use the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund to meet their financial responsibility requirements or to file claims for reimbursement for eligible expenses related to performing corrective actions for releases that were discovered and confirmed on or after December 30, 2014.

For information regarding claim eligibility and submission, as well as information regarding eligible costs and invoicing, please visit www.michigan.gov/deqmusta [ http://www.michigan.gov/deqmusta ] under Legacy Release Program.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact Bob Reisner via e-mail at reisnerr@michigan.gov or call (517) 284-5141. Please do not reply to this e-mail.

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