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EPA's main points of emphasis are:
· That operators know how their UST system works, what to do in case equipment fails and what their responsibilities are.
· That UST facilities are monitored daily and the necessary information is logged.
· That the equipment used for overfill and leak detection functions.
· That UST regulators are informed of changes at UST facilities.
· That all parts of a UST facility get reviewed because most leaks are found by people and not equipment.
Volume 25 Number 3 3rd Quarter 2015
Tank Talk 2015 Tour
The purpose of Tank Talk is to provide an opportunity for AST & UST owners/operators to gather new information on storage tanks, hear presentations on compliance and participate in an open forum with representatives of agencies that regulate ASTs and USTs.
The 2015 Tank Talk meetings will include a presentation about the EPA's 2015 UST rules. KDHE and TMS will share information about the EPA rule changes for USTs and how they will affect you the operator. TMS will also have information on fire code requirements. Literature will be available for later review. Each meeting will conclude with-a-question-and-answer-period. .
Although these meetings do not take the place of the mandatory operator training it is a good place to learn more about USTs and ASTs plus help make you a better operator. We hope you will join us at one of the eight locations for the 2015 Tank Talks.
You can register by clicking on one of the the location you want to go, or on line at tankmgmt.net
or call 800-530-5683 /785-233-1414 for one of the following:
November 4 Kansas Soybean Association
1000 SW Red Oaks Place
November 5 Salina Public Library
Prescott Meeting Room
301 W Elm Street
November 10 Crowne Plaza Hotel KC/Overland Park
12601 West 95th Street
November 12 Parsons Public Library
311 South 17th Street
November 17 Hutchinson Public Library
901 North Main Street
November 18 Dodge City Public Library
1001 North 2nd Avenue
Dodge City, KS
November 19 People's State Bank
610 West 2nd Street
November 24 Best Western Wichita North
915 East 53rd Street North
Where Is The Emergency Shut Off
Fuel dispensing systems shall be provided with one or more clearly identified emergency shutoff devices or electrical disconnects. Such devices or disconnects shall be installed in approved locations but not less than 20 ft or more than 100 ft from the fuel dispensing devices that they serve. Emergency shutoff devices or electrical disconnects shall disconnect power to all dispensing devices; to all remote pumps serving the dispensing devices; to all associated power, control, and signal circuits; and to all other electrical equipment in the hazardous (classified) locations surrounding the fuel dispensing devices.
From: NFPA 30, 6.7 Emergency Electrical Disconnects.
Why is this important? TMS has found during our inspections that some fueling facilities have been training their clerks to use the STOP FUEL button (it may be called something else on your POS) on the point of sale system (POS). This button is not an electrical disconnect; all the Stop Fuel button does is stop fuel from being dispensed. The electricity is still at the dispenser, the pump and the canopy; all parts that may cause a spark and a fire if fuel was released.
If this is a manned location the button should be at the register. If not, Identifying all the breakers associated to the fueling system and canopy in the breaker box will work in some circumstances.
Fueling facility operators must make sure that the facility meets code to keep customers and employees safe. By doing so it can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance claims, attorney fees and maybe a life.
Double Wall UST Reimbursement
HB 2192 created an incentive program for owners of single-wall underground petroleum tanks to replace those tanks with a secondary containment system. The incentive program will reimburse applicants no more than $50,000 per facility. The incentives will be paid from the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Redevelopment Fund, up to a maximum of $3 million per fiscal year. As part of this program, KDHE would waive the first costs of corrective action if contamination is discovered during the tank replacement. Essentially, this will waive the “deductible” a tank owner must pay before being eligible for UST Trust Fund moneys to assist with cleanup.
To qualify for reimbursement;
a. During replacement of the single-wall storage tank system with the secondary containment system installation, if done after July 1, 2015; and
b. that determines that petroleum contamination exists and the owner applies to the underground fund to perform corrective action to address the contamination.
5. Underground storage tank was registered with the department on or after May 1, 1981.
For documentation on this UST program go to www.kdheks.gov/tanks/trust_fund/ust_removal_fund.htm.
or call Gary Richardson at KDHE 785-296-1677.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) requires all UST operators to be certified as level A/B operators within 30 days of taking over operation of a UST facility.
Trained in 2010 or 2011 MUST RENEW BY DECEMBER 31, 2015. If you were trained in 2012 or after you must renew within four years of the EXACT DATE you were trained.
You will find the full 2015 class schedule and registration on our website at tankmgmt.net.
September 23 Hilton Garden Inn
Conference Center, Konza Prairie Room
410 South 3rd Street
September 24 The Eldridge Hotel
October 6 Best Western Wichita North
October 7 Salina BiCentennial Center
800 The Midway
November 5 Crowne Plaza Hotel KC/Overland Park
December 2 Kansas Soybean Association
Clerks and Attendants Must Be Trained
Information on level C training for all clerks and attendants may be found in the manual or on the CD received by A/B operators. A Level C certificate is available at tankmgmt.net. Mouse over the “UST Operator Training” button on the left side of the home page. A menu will appear, left click “Class C Certificate" then click on Level C Certificate. This will get you a printable certificate.
All UST Level C personnel must be trained before they may begin working at the facility.
WHAT IS TANK MANAGEMENT SERVICES?
TMS provides loss control and risk management assistance to UST owners who have third party liability insurance through Great American Custom as part of the Kansas Underground Storage Tank Liability Plan.
TMS can provide you with information on USTs –leak detection methods, and Federal and State regulations. Call TMS toll free at 800-530-5683 during normal Central Time Zone office hours (8-5). In the Topeka area, please call 233-1414. On the web go to tankmgmt.net. David Engelken is available to answer your questions. This Service is free.
Tank Management Services, inc. (TMS) has provided the written information in this newsletter for educational purposes to assist UST owners and operators in complying with current UST regulations and to assist them in reducing losses associated with releases from UST’s. The information is an outline and may not be complete. Owners and operators are responsible to insure that they are in compliance with all applicable laws. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment can provide detailed information on compliance. The application or use of the information provided is the responsibility of the individual user.
Tank Talk 2015 Tour
January to June 2015 training schedule has been released and can be found here. See the details here.
Our first training is offered in Salina, January 8th. Register on-line here.
Legend to this addition of the Advisor
TMS has taken the awesome steps forward to upgrade this web site to better serve you, our customer. We hope you find this new format helpful and intuitive. As always, we're here to help you and your employees. If you see someway we could do that better, please don't hesitate to let us know here.
From this point forward, please refer your DOT concerns and questions to Becky at 785.267.1641.
Tank Management Services, Inc.
115 SE 7th
Topeka, KS 66613
Tank Management Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 678
Topeka, KS 66601