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UST Branch: Petroleum Brownfields Program


"Brownfields" is the term used to describe property where reuse or redevelopment is complicated due to known or perceived environmental contamination. These properties are often difficult to revitalize, which can stall economic growth due to fear of liability or a lack of funding to investigate or cleanup. There are several types of brownfields depending on the type and/or source of the contamination.

A petroleum brownfield is a type of brownfield where the contaminant is petroleum. Sources of petroleum contamination can include underground storage tanks (USTs) and aboveground storage tanks (ASTs).

Many communities in Utah have been left with vacant properties that cannot be developed because of real or perceived petroleum contamination. In the past, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (UDEQ) has been awarded EPA Petroleum Brownfields grants to identify and assess petroleum contamination at these environmentally challenged sites. These assessments allow communities, banks and developers to make informed decisions involving redevelopment and reuse of these sites.

If your community has a potential petroleum brownfields site, or you would like more information about petroleum brownfields, please contact:

Paul Zahn (801-536-4181)

The following are highlights of past petroleum brownfields assessments completed by UDEQ.


Aurora: Main Street Abandoned Gas Station


Ogden: Polk Avenue Abandoned Gas Station


West Salt Lake City Project








Get more information on the EPA's Petroleum Brownfields Program.