Storage Tanks

The Storage Tank Section enforces federal and state storage tank regulations relevant to containment of refined petroleum products and fuel system specifications. The Section also provides oversight and direction of investigations and remedial activities at sites where storage tank releases have taken place.

Site remediation may be funded by responsible parties, or through reimbursement from the state Petroleum Storage Tank Reimbursement Fund or from the federal LUST Trust Fund.  Helpful information is provided in the Kansas Underground Storage Tank Manual for Owners and Operators (PDF)  provided by the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program. Submittal of documents for permitting, compliance and facility/site management are managed through the Kansas Environmental Information Management System (KEIMS).

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UST Operating Permit Extensions

Attention owners and operators of UST and AST sites

Please remember that the annual renewal periods each system are as follows:

  • ASTs – October through December of each year. Due December 31
  • USTs – January through April of each year. Due April 30

Notice to UST Owners and Operators

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) provided an extension of the current 2022-2023 annual operating permit through the end of December 2022 to eligible UST Owners and Operators. Due to staff shortages within the Storage Tank Section (processing) and UST Contractor availability (including supply chain issues), the permit renewal period has been extended through the end of March 2023. The operating permit can be given “Extended” status if all the following eligibility criteria are met:

  1. The UST owner had an “In Effect” 2021-2022 permit through the end of July 2022;
  2. The UST owner has submitted all the required permit renewal documents;
  3. The renewal submission in KEIMS has an “In Process” status;
  4. The UST owner has submitted the appropriate fees associated with their facility for the current permit cycle; and
  5. The UST owner has provided proof of contact and scheduling with a Kansas-licensed UST Contractor to conduct required compliance testing.

The extension is planned to end on March 31, 2023. If the compliance testing requirements and respective documents are not submitted to KDHE by this date, you must contact KDHE to receive a special variance based on the criteria stated above or the permit will convert to “Expired” status and UST system operations will need to cease. Account representatives and fuel supplier transporters can view the status of your permit by going to the Storage Tank Section website  and click on the “AST & UST Search” link in the left-hand column. This link can also be used to see what test dates KDHE currently has on record for specific equipment at your facilities.

These extensions are granted in part due to the new federal and state compliance testing requirements for UST systems that went into effect on October 13, 2021. Do not wait to have this work completed. If the new tests are not already finalized, contact your UST Contractor immediately to have this work scheduled and completed.  The UST Owner or Operator must document their efforts by providing written proof to KDHE that a Kansas-licensed UST Contractor has been hired to complete the testing, provide the scheduled testing dates to KDHE and/or provide testing results with explanations of parts or equipment being on order.  If you have any questions about this extension and the eligibility requirements, you can reach us at 785-296-8061 or email us.

Thank you,

KDHE Preventative Unit Staff

December 21, 2022

Updated Corrective Action Policy Manual

The Storage Tank section has updated the Storage Tank Section Corrective Action Policy Manual (PDF).

Updated UST Compliance Forms

The Storage Tank section has updated the UST Compliance Forms to be used by underground storage tank operators. There are also updated forms to be used by contractors for registering regulated and nonregulated underground storage tanks. These forms are required when using Kansas Environmental Information Management System (KEIMS), KDHE's new information management system.

Kansas Public Record Summary Information for USTs for 2022 (XlSX)

Claflin Water Supply Treatment Video

The video documents the investigation, design, and treatment phases of the Claflin project. Carbon tetrachloride and petroleum contaminants were discovered in the City of Claflin's wellfield. A granular activated carbon treatment system, described in the video, was installed to treat all three City of Claflin public wells and provide clean drinking water to the 406 residents of Claflin, KS.