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As of June 18, 2020, the approved amended Storage Tank Regulations have been published by the Secretary of State in the Kansas Register. The effective date of the regulations is July 6, 2020. TMS is here to help you incorporate these changes into your business and ensure you are prepared for these new regulations.
Don't be caught out of compliance !!
Register as soon as possible as classes will fill up quickly !!
If you need assistance in scheduling a class, please call Lori or Dixie at 800-530-5683 (toll free).
Please click here and you will be re-directed to our PMCA website for COVID-19 resources & updates.
Dear UST Community –
Some of you may have already seen that ASTM recently published a new standard for spill bucket and sump testing https://www.astm.org/Standards/E3225.htm. We received several inquiries on whether this new standard meets the requirements of the federal UST regulation for spill prevention equipment or sump testing (40 CFR § 280.35). The 2015 UST regulation requires spill prevention and sump testing be done using a liquid, pressure, or vacuum test. The ASTM E3225-20 is visually based, and while a thorough visual check can always be beneficial, these procedures do not meet the requirements in 40 CFR § 280.35.
If owners and operators follow this standard and do not perform the correct testing requirements, they will be in violation of the regulatory requirements, and subject to appropriate enforcement. I am personally very concerned that some in our community might get confused by this. Please help us in spreading the word that these procedures do not meet the requirements in 40 CFR § 280.35.
To address this matter, we added two new questions and answers to OUST’s web-based UST Technical Compendium about the 2015 UST Regulation at https://www.epa.gov/ust/underground-storage-tank-ust-technical-compendium-about-2015-ust-regulation#spillbuckets (click on “Spill buckets, under dispenser containment sumps, containment sumps”).
We appreciate the continued dedicated effort and work by state and tribal UST programs; owners and operators; and others in the UST community in meeting all regulatory compliance requirements. As always, I thank you for all that you do to help us keep our environment safe from petroleum UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination.
If you have questions about this, or feedback on what EPA can do to better assist you in achieving compliance, please contact Carolyn Hoskinson (Hoskinson.Carolyn@epa.gov) or Tony Raia (email@example.com) at 202-566-1021).
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic & the Governor's Executive Orders, Operator Training Classes in April, May & June have all been Rescheduled.
The entire month of JUNE TRAINING DATES are as follows: (locations remain the same except for Topeka & Leawood)
6/17/20 Lawrence - formerly the Leawood class
6/30/20 Dodge City
If your certificate is expiring before you can attend a class, KDHE is allowing some extension of time. You can view their criteria at the following link and file for that extension:
Due to the Coronavirus Situation, the April Operator Training Classes scheduled on 4/8/20 Leawood & 4/9/20 Manhattan, have been postponed until a later date. As soon as the dates are finalized, we will send an email to all those previously enrolled in the April classes informing them of the rescheduled dates.
We're experiencing very fluid times and things can change very quickly. If further developments occur we will re-evaluate the situation & Notify You Of Any Changes.
Call Lori at 800-530-5683 or Dixie at 785-845-4510 if you have any questions or concerns.
The new UST regulations for owners & operators of UST systems are still at the AG’s office and waiting for approval. If approved, KDHE will hold a 60-day Public Comment period and meet with the Legislative Research Committee. KDHE will keep the regulated community apprised of progress and will let you know as soon as possible. However, make sure you’re preparing yourself for the upcoming testing & inspections as they will be in effect and due on October 13, 2021. Contact your service provider to have these new testing requirements scheduled as soon as possible.
KDHE is also working on implementing a new database system called KEIMS (Kansas Environmental Information Management System).
Don’t Forget: AST information has also been sent out and is due to KDHE by 12/31/19.
UST monthly monitoring forms were also sent out to owners and operators. These forms, along with your inventory control forms, are due back to KDHE after the 1st of the year. Don’t forget to include the additional supporting information that is required to be turned in with these forms.
And lastly, the Walkthrough Inspections will be enforced and due by April 30, 2020 so make sure you’re doing these now. Also note that KDHE will ONLY except their Monthly Inspection Form and NO other.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR UST OWNERS/OPERATORS:
The effective date of October 13, 2021 is a firm deadline required by KDHE and the EPA. Implementation of this new requirement is highly encouraged in order to avoid associated penalties for non-compliance. A penalty matrix is being developed and will be shared with facility owners and operators as soon as it is available. Please contact the KDHE Storage Tank Section at (785) 296-1678 if you have any questions or would like additional information concerning the new requirements.
The Storage Tank Section website can be found at www.kdheks.gov/tanks. The forms associated with the Walkthrough Inspection, and various other forms; including information for storage tank owners, owner/compliance forms as well as contractor forms can be found at: www.kdheks.gov/tanks/download.html.
The 2020 Jan-June UST Operator Training Schedule
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has a new requirement with regards to your UST Operator Training Certificate. Attendees in each class must now either fax (785-559-4260) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) their certificate to KDHE after they have completed the class. In addition, they must also attach a list of facilities the certified person is responsible for. You can write them on the certificate or attach a separate list.
UST permits expire every year on July 31st.
A valid A/B Operator Training Certificate is required in order to get your UST permit.
Don’t get caught being out-of-compliance!!!
Check your certificate’s expiration date or call TMS to verify that your certificate is valid.
If you took the class in 2012 or after, you need to re-certify every 4 years from the exact date you took the last class.
TMS schedules 24 classes per year at locations all over Kansas. Classes are filling up quickly so schedule your class today. To find a class in your area go to our website at www.tankmgmt.net.
If you have questions please contact Lori Desch-Ranallo, Education Coordinator for TMS, or Dixie Challacombe at 785-233-1414.
Tank Management Services, Inc.
115 SE 7th
Topeka, KS 66613
Tank Management Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 678
Topeka, KS 66601