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 systems!

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

  • ASTs – October through December of each year. Due no later than December 31st 
  • USTs – January through April of each year. Due no later than April 30th

 

Notice to UST Owners and Operators – February 2024

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) provided permit extensions for previous and current annual operating permits to eligible UST Owners and Operators. Extensions had been granted due to past staff shortages within the Storage Tank Section who were responsible for processing the permits, and due to the regulations changes effective in 2021 which resulted in additional testing. Operating permits were given ‘Extended’ status if the all the following criteria had been met:

1. The UST Owner had an “In Effect” permit;

2. The UST Owner submitted permit renewal documents;

3. The renewal submission in the Storage Tank database (KEIMS) had an “In Process” status;

4. The UST Owner submitted the renewal fees associated with their facility for the appropriate permit cycle; and

5. The UST Owner provided proof of contact and scheduling with a Kansas-licensed UST Contractor to conduct required compliance testing.

The permit extension is planned to end on April 30, 2024.


If the compliance testing requirements, and required additional permitting documents are not submitted to KDHE by April 30, 2024 for “Extended” permit status facilities, the permit status will convert to “Expired” status and facility UST system operations will need to cease. Facility representatives and fuel suppliers can view the status of a permit by clicking on the ‘AST & UST Search’ link in the left-hand column of this page, or at the Kansas Environmental Application Portal (KEAP) website. This link can also be used to see what test dates KDHE currently has on record for specific equipment at a facility. For quicker results, enter the FID (Facility ID number) to be directed to the appropriate information.

Extensions had previously been granted in part due to the new federal regulations and state compliance testing requirements for UST systems that went into effect on October 13, 2021. Kansas-licensed UST Contractors suffered staff shortages as a result of COVID impact, but most have retained staff and are able to schedule contract work in a timely manner.

Refer to the non-compliance letters that are sent to UST Tank Owners on a monthly basis to determine the required documents and tests to be submitted. To send in an individual form (i.e., test results),  Email KDHE. To submit a renewal form online, go to the KEIMS webpage. Log in and select your Site, then select “Start a New Form” and “I want to renew, modify, or terminate an existing permit, license or registration”. Find the applicable form and submit. Confirm your permit fee payments are up to date in the Financials tab in the left-hand column per facility. If you have already submitted your prior renewal form or 2023 compliance forms, do not submit them again as this will slow down the processing time. If you need to document that a contractor has been scheduled to conduct work at your facility, email KDHE.

For instructions on how to access and navigate through the KEIMS database, go to the KEIMS Tutorials located on the KEIMS webpage. Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see the “How to Use KEIMS” section. The tutorials are updated periodically to coincide with changes in KEIMS.


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 2023 (XlSX)