Financing Options

The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances offers financing options and assistance to the owners or operators of underground and aboveground storage tank systems.

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Tanks Compliance
Lukens Drive Field Office
391 Lukens Drive
New Castle, DE 19720

Eligibility for financial assistance is determined by the information presented in applications. Before submitting an application, the applicant should consult with the Tank Management Section to determine if the project is eligible for financing.

Please note that submitting an application for financial assistance is not a commitment for funds, nor does it obligate the State of Delaware or any State agency to lend any form of financial assistance.

Heating Fuel Tank Closure Assistance

The Heating Fuel Underground Storage Tank Closure Assistance Program was created to perform the removal or closure-in-place of heating fuel underground storage tank systems of 1,100 gallons or less used to store fuel to heat the premises where they are located.

Funds for the program are provided via appropriation from the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) fund. There is limited funding for this program. Funding will be allocated based on the order applications are received and deemed eligible.

Which tanks are eligible?

  • Tanks in the State of Delaware that are buried below ground and hold 1,100-gallons or less of heating fuel; and
  • Tanks used to store heating fuel to heat buildings on the premises (not for storage for the purpose of fuel re-sale); and
  • Tanks that have been deemed eligible for the program by the DNREC-TMS through an application process.

This is not a reimbursement program. All work is performed under State of Delaware contracts by select DNREC-Certified Underground Storage Tank Closure Contractors.


The Fund for the Inability to Rehabilitate Storage Tank sites (FIRST Fund) was established to assist the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances in addressing the closure and remediation of underground storage tank systems in situations where the tank owner or Responsible Party cannot be identified. A site must meet specific criteria to be eligible for FIRST Fund financing. Funds are provided via appropriation from the Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA) fund.

Ability to Pay

Owners and operators who are concerned about their ability to pay for tank removal or cleanup of underground aboveground storage tank systems may contact the Division. The Division will determine their eligibility for financial assistance based on a financial analysis.

PLUS Loans

The Division of Water and the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances developed a low-interest loan program, PLUS (Program Loans for UST Systems), to provide financial assistance to underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators. The minimum loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum loan amount is $250,000. The borrower must provide collateral for the loan and pay all closing costs. The loan must be paid back over a time period not to exceed 10 years. A nonrefundable fee of $250 must accompany a PLUS Loan application.

PLUS loans are available for the following types of work:

  • Removal or closure in place of UST systems
  • Installation of spill containment, overfill protection and leak detection equipment for UST systems
  • Remediation of contamination resulting from a release from an UST
  • Installation of corrosion protection on existing UST systems
  • Installation of new tank systems at existing UST facilities
  • Installation of vapor recovery equipment, Stage I or Stage II

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