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  • 31 Oct 2017 2:54 PM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    The 1st half (Jan-June) 2018 KS UST Operator Training schedule is now on line and ready for you to register.  Keep in mind that going forward from 2012 on, your certificate expires 4 years from the EXACT date you took the class.

    Don't be caught out of compliance !! 

    Register as soon as possible as classes will fill up quickly !!


  • 28 Mar 2017 3:15 PM | David Engelken (Administrator)

                  Volume 27 Number 1                                                                                                  1st Quarter 2017

     

    What Can We Do to Prevent Microbial Corrosion?

     Reprinted from L. U. S. T. Line December 2015

    Mahesh Albuquerque, Director of the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety column: ULSD’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS

     

    If there was just one thing you could do, I would suggest taking an aggressive approach to preventing water buildup in tanks storing ULSD. This means ensuring that all tank-top fittings are tight, drain plugs in spill buckets are closed, and surface drainage prevents water from ponding over spill buckets or other tank-top sumps. It also means checking for the presence of water in tanks periodically, a few hours after every delivery to allow water to settle out, as well as daily after heavy precipitation events, or in areas with shallow groundwater. Water can be detected by certain ATG probes or by the old fashioned way with water-finding paste smeared on the end of a tank gauge stick. Any water accumulation over a quarter of an inch should be removed promptly. Here are some best management practices related to the operation of ULSD UST systems:

    Prevent Cross-Contamination Transport Store ULSD in dedicated tanker compartments if possible to prevent cross contamination with ethanol blended gasoline.

    Conduct Periodic Inspection and Maintenance
    Monitor daily for the presence of water  in tanks, and conduct monthly walk-through inspections of dispenser cabinets, spill buckets, and sumps.

    Conduct Periodic Internal Tank Inspections At least once every three years remove drop tubes, ATG probes, the STP, and line leak detectors to check for the buildup of corrosion and the functionality of monitoring equipment.

    Minimize Stagnant Product in Tanks Emergency generator tanks and other tanks with low throughput are more susceptible to microbial growth as aged product degrades. The addition of appropriate stabilizers that contain antioxidants, biocides, and corrosion inhibitors may be necessary in these tanks.

    UST systems storing ULSD provide a favorable environment for microbial growth, especially when the fuel is contaminated with water or ethanol or other food sources for microbes. Microbiologically influenced corrosion likely plays a significant role in the prevalence of the corrosion seen in ULSD UST systems across the country. The corrosion of metal presents a risk to the functionality of metal components. Through aggressive water management and the implementation of simple best management practices, microbial growth can be effectively managed to minimize the risk to UST functionality.

    TMS  UST Inspections Under Way

    As part of the loss prevention program for the 3rd party liability insurance TMS annually conducts 150 UST facility inspections. The facilities are selected at random by region. As of this newsletter TMS has completed   26 of the 150 inspections for this year.

    The purpose of the inspection is to aid the operator in understanding what a UST facility needs to do to be in compliance.  Here are the four most cited issues we find during our inspections.

    • 1.      Dirty spill buckets. Spill buckets need to be clean and empty for two reasons. 1st is because if product is released from the fill line there is enough room in the bucket to prevent it from spilling outside the containment. 2nd is it allows you and inspectors a clear view to see the bucket is not cracked or broken, preventing product from seeping into the soil around the fill area.
    • 2.      Level C training not completed or no record it has been completed available. Level C training for UST operators must be done before the clerk begins working and clerks must be retrained every year. Why is this so important? Clerks are usually the first to respond to any type of emergency that happens at a UST facility. It could  just be telling a customer to fill their gas can on the ground instead of the tail gate of their pickup or calling 911 if a fire or spill occurs and evacuating everyone away from the area of a UST. It is all important.
    • 3.      No leak detection. USTs must have a passing tank test from either an automatic tank gauge (ATG),  statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR) or groundwater/vapor monitoring. During recent inspections several facilities did not have their SIR reports back from the provider for January or February. Best practice is to have the inventory control for fuel sent off by the 5th of the following month and returned by the provider to you by the 10th.
    • 4.      Cracked spill buckets. We were surprised by this one. TMS has already found more than 10 broken spill buckets with one facility having all 3 buckets broken. As stated earlier, the spill bucket prevents product from spilling into the ground around the fill area. More the 50% of all contamination is found in this area.

    TMS sends out a inspection notice more than a week in advance of the inspection, telling the owner/operator the day we will be at the facility. The notice states what reports or documents we will need to see when we get there. If unattended facility we ask that the reports be sent to us.

    Operator Training

    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. If you took the class in 2013 or after, you need to recertify every four years from the exact date you last took the class.

    Below is a list of dates and location of the classes scheduled for 2017. You will find the full class schedule and registration on our website at tankmgmt.net.


    April 4              City Limits Convention Center

                            2227 S. Range Avenue - Altir Room

                            Colby, KS

     

    April 5               Fort Hays State University

                            Memorial Union – Black & Gold Room

                            600 Park Street

                            Hays, KS

     

    April 6               Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center

                            410 South 3rd Street

                            Manhattan, KS

     

    May 3               Atrium Hotel & Conference Center

                            1400 North Lorraine Street

                            Hutchinson, KS

     

    May 4               The Eldridge Hotel

                            Crystal Ballroom

                            701 Massachusetts

                            Lawrence, KS

     

    June 6              Dodge City Community College

                            2501 North 14th

                            Student Union Board Room

                            Dodge City, KS

     

    June 7              Best Western Wichita North

                            915 East 53rd Street North

                            Wichita, KS

     

    June 8             Holiday Inn South        

                            3145 South 9th

                            Salina, KS

     

     

    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.

     

  • 10 Mar 2017 10:34 AM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    The entire 2017 KS UST Operator Training schedule is now on line and ready for you to register.  Keep in mind that going forward from 2016 on, your certificate expires 4 years from the EXACT date you took the class.

    Don't be caught out of compliance !! 

    Register as soon as possible as classes will fill up quickly !!


  • 04 Oct 2016 11:26 AM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    The 1st half (Jan-June) 2017 KS UST Operator Training schedule is now on line and ready for you to register.  Keep in mind that going forward from 2016 on, your certificate expires 4 years from the EXACT date you took the class.

    Don't be caught out of compliance !! 

    Register as soon as possible as classes will fill up quickly !!


  • 30 Aug 2016 3:54 PM | David Engelken (Administrator)

    It’s time again for the Tank Talk Tour. These annual meetings provide AST & UST owners/operators an opportunity to gather new information on storage tanks, hear presentations on compliance and participate in an open forum with representatives of agencies which regulate ASTs and USTs.

    The 2016 Tank Talk meetings will include a presentation regarding 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 review the UST facility inspection form and will present first three videos in their new Talking Tanks video series. The Fire Marshal will give information on compliance at fueling facilities and Weights and Measures will bring us up to date on fuel quality issues.

    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, they are 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 seven locations for the 2016 Tank Talk Tour. 

    Register on line at tankmgmt.net.  Under Latest News click on Register For Tank Talk 2016 then click on the date or location you want to attend, or call 800-530-5683 /785-233-1414.

    Meetings will start at 1:00 p.m. and finish by 4:00 p.m.

     

    November 2        Valley Venue

                                  803 Valley Street

                                  Concordia, KS

                  

    November 7        Landoll Lanes

                                  2005 Center Street

                                  Marysville, KS

     

    November 8        Memorial Building

                                  Alliance Room

                                  101 South Lincoln

                                  Chanute, KS

     

    November 9        Outlook Mall

                                  Chism Trail Room

                                  607 SE 36th

                                  Newton, KS

     

    November 14      Leavenworth Public Library

                                  417 Spruce Street

                                  Leavenworth, KS

     

    November 15      Finney County Public Library

                                  605 East Walnut

                                  Garden City, KS

     

    November 16      Pioneer Public Library

                                  Basement

                                  375 West 4th Street

                                  Colby, KS

  • 29 Aug 2016 10:53 AM | David Engelken (Administrator)

    Tank Management Services, Inc. has created a series of 3 videos for UST facility operators.  

    These videos demonstrate how to properly perform certain tasks required by KDHE. 

    How to Clean a Spill Bucket 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMVf217Iy0k

    How to Do Inventory Control

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i41D9Zrb4g

    How to Stick a Tank

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gRyCXcv0IU

    The internet address listed below each title will allow you watch the video on youtube.com.

  • 17 Mar 2016 12:23 PM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    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 (785-296-6190) or email (mmeerian@kdheks.gov) your certificate to KDHE after you have completed the class.  In addition, you must also attach a list of facilities the certified person is responsible for.  You can either write them on the certificate or attach a separate list.

    UST permits will expire July 31, 2016 and you need a valid A/B Operator Training certificate 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 recertify every 4 years from the exact date you took the last class.

    If you took the class in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011 and have not renewed.…YOUR CERTIFICATE HAS EXPIRED!!!!

    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.


  • 17 Mar 2016 10:31 AM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    The 2nd half (July-December) 2016 KS UST Operator Training schedule is now on line and ready for you to register.  Keep in mind that going forward from 2016 on, your certificate expires 4 years from the EXACT date you took the class.

    Don't be caught out of compliance !! 

    Register as soon as possible as classes will fill up quickly !!


  • 15 Mar 2016 2:32 PM | Lori Desch-Ranallo (Administrator)

    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. 

    2nd quarter Advisor - New UST Regs.pdf
  • 18 Sep 2015 8:27 AM | David Engelken (Administrator)

                                                advisor

                                                                                                                                  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

                                  Board Room

                                  1000 SW Red Oaks Place

                                  Topeka, KS

              

    November 5        Salina Public Library

                                  Prescott Meeting Room

                                  301 W Elm Street

                                  Salina, KS

     

    November 10      Crowne Plaza Hotel KC/Overland Park

                                  12601 West 95th Street

                                  Lenexa, KS


    November 12      Parsons Public Library

                                  311 South 17th Street

                                  Parsons, KS

     

    November 17      Hutchinson Public Library

                                  901 North Main Street

                                  Hutchinson, KS

     

    November 18      Dodge City Public Library

                                  1001 North 2nd Avenue

                                  Dodge City, KS

     

    November 19      People's State Bank

                                  Basement

                                  610 West 2nd Street

                                  Oakley, KS

     

    November 24      Best Western Wichita North

                                  Regency III

                                  915 East 53rd Street North

                                  Wichita, KS

     

    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;

    • 1.      The UST must be used for the storage of petroleum products for resale and is      subject to the environmental assurance fee in accordance with provisions of K.S.A. 65-34,117, and amendments;
    • 2.      All the components of a single-wall storage tank system must be replaced with a secondary containment system;
    • 3.      Site must be in substantial compliance of the Kansas storage tank act;
    • 4.      Owner must provide 30 days notice and access to KDHE to perform an environmental assessment of the site:

                                  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.

     

    Operator Training

    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

                                  Manhattan, KS

                                 

    September 24     The Eldridge Hotel           

                                  Crystal Ballroom

                                  701 Massachusetts

                                  Lawrence, KS

     

    October 6             Best Western Wichita North

                                  Regency III

                                  915 East 53rd Street North

                                  Wichita, KS

     

    October 7             Salina BiCentennial Center

                                  Room 203          

                                  800 The Midway

                                  Salina, KS

                                 

    November 5        Crowne Plaza Hotel KC/Overland Park

                                  12601 West 95th Street

                                  Lenexa, KS

     

    December 2        Kansas Soybean Association

                                  Board Room

                                  1000 SW Red Oaks Place

                                  Topeka, KS

     

    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.

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