The Unobligated Balance of the CAF as of December 31, 2021 is $2,101,874.
Approximately 90% of drinking water in New Mexico is supplied through groundwater, so it is critical that any contamination caused is cleaned up quickly and effectively to protect public health and the environment.
Without Corrective Action Fund (CAF), tank owners and operators of hundreds of tank facilities throughout the state would be in jeopardy of not having financial assurance coverage, which is required by state and federal law. Without this coverage, they would be unable to operate, forcing many rural residents to drive long distances to buy fuel.
Generally, owners and operators responsible for petroleum releases into the environment are responsible for cleaning up the contamination.
If owners/operators are unable to fund a clean-up, or if they are deceased, the state Corrective Action Fund may be used. Groundwater clean-ups are long-lasting and expensive, so this is often an option for small business owners who own only one or two facilities.
This pamphlet outlines requirements: CAF Pamphlet: Processes for Payment from the Corrective Action Fund
All Corrective Action Fund forms and applications are available below and on the NMED Forms page.
CAF Claim Forms
- Responsible Party Reimbursement Claim Form
- Affirmation and Assent to Audit
- Cost Detail Form – Summary Sheet
- Disclosure Form – Consultant
- Disclosure Form – Tank Owner/Operator
- Disclosure Form Affidavit
- State Lead Claim Form
CAF Compliance Determination Forms
General CAF Reference Documents
PLEASE NOTE WHEN LOOKING AT MONIES ASSOCIATED WITH CAF: Cash balance is NOT an accurate measure of available funds. Unobligated balance is a more accurate measure. Once funds are committed to addressing contamination, which usually takes years, they cannot be used for any other project. If unobligated balance is too low, no new cleanups can be started. Under state and federal law, $1 million must be kept in reserve for emergencies.