3rd Quarter TMS Advisor
3rd Quarter TMS Advisor - Newsletter
From the Desk of TMS’s CEO Reggie Roberson
The Fuel True/TMS team recently met with the KDHE team to discuss current issues in the department and how TMS can be of assistance - More to follow.
TMS has recently expanded SIR services to all 50 states so if you know anyone who can utilize our services, let us know or give them our contact information below.
TMS is happy to announce the addition of Alicia Hernandez to our team. Alicia will be processing your data and supporting the SIR program. Welcome aboard Alicia!!
KDHE Preventative Unit Gives Update on UST Permits
The KDHE Preventative Unit is pleased to announce that we have two to three new hires starting in September. After their training, they will assist with permit renewal review and processing, in addition to UST Contractor licensing. We understand the frustrations experienced by the tank owners and operators, and plan to improve our response to customer needs in the coming months.
On August 1st, 2023, all '‘'In Effect'’' permits for the 2022-2023 permit cycle were given an ‘Extended’ status if KDHE had received a renewal payment and submission of compliance and renewal documents. With assistance from internal resources, we’re processing as many permit renewals as possible while keeping up with repairs, installations, and UST Contractor licensing tasks. We appreciate your patience as we train new staff to conduct Preventative Unit processes.
If Tank Owners and Operators have already submitted everything for permit renewal, please do not resubmit the renewal documentation, as this slows down KDHEs processing efforts. To confirm what has been submitted for your facility, log in to your KEIMS account at keims.kdhe.ks.gov and select your site by clicking on the blue rectangle in the upper left-hand corner; then click on the “Documents” tab on the left-hand side of your screen. KDHE can see the same documents that you can see. Therefore, if you can see the documentation in KEIMS, that means that KDHE has already received it and it’s in our queue to address as we'’'re able.
According to Kansas Storage Tank Regulations, there are late fees assessed if submissions and payment are not received prior to April 30th. An additional late fee is assessed if documents and payment are not received prior to August 31st. The late fees have not been added in KEIMS accounts due to a backlog of tasks to complete. Be aware that if the compliance information, permit renewal documents and payments were received after April 30th and after August 31st, a late fee will be entered automatically in the Financials tab within the facility specific KEIMS account. The addition of the late fees will occur within the next few months and can be found in KEIMS. A letter will also be sent to the Tank Owners who have late fees applied to their facility accounts.
In Other News
Fuel True Hires New Executive Director
Fuel True announces that Brian Posler has been hired as the new executive director. Brian comes to Fuel True from Lake Erie College, where he served as president for the past seven years. Brian is a Kansas native who was born in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School. He can be reached at email@example.com or 785-233-9655.
SIR – Statistical Inventory Reconciliation
If you currently use our SIR service, we need your help with the contract & invoicing process. Please sign and return your contracts along with your payment within 30 days of receipt. We are managing far too many past-due issues which slows down the SIR process. You will start to see a price increase this month due to a vendor rate increase. It’s been over 15 years since we’ve had a price increase so thank you in advance for your understanding.
2023 KS Operator Training (Sept-Dec) Schedule
REGISTER NOW by clicking here to select your preferred date and confirm online.
Please note that your A/B operator certificate expires four years from the date that you last took the class. You must have a valid A/B operator certificate to receive a UST permit and to operate your facility. Take a moment and check your expiration date. If it’s time to renew your certificate, here is a helpful list of upcoming classes.
The 2024 KS OT (Jan-June) schedule will be posted on our website in October.
If you need assistance in scheduling a class, please call Lori at 800-530-5683.
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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 Alliance as part of the Kansas Underground Storage Tank Liability Plan. TMS can provide you with information on USTs, leak detection methods, as well as 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 785-233-1414. 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 USTs. The information is an outline and may not be complete. Owners and operators are responsible to ensure 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.