Storage Tank Section

Randy Carlson, Section Chief
Phone: (785) 296-1678    Fax: (785)-296-6190

1000 SW Jackson, Suite 410
        Topeka, KS 66612-1367

The Storage Tank Section is responsible for enforcing federal and state storage tank regulations designed to prevent releases that impact the health and safety of the citizens of the state.

The Storage Tank Section enforces federal and state storage tank regulations and 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.

Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Update--TPH Analytical Method Update
In September 2015 KDHE BER revised its total petroleum hydrocarbon and LNAPL policy, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) Characterization, Remediation, and Management BER Policy # BER-041. BER has since coordinated with the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratory (KHEL) to bring to fruition a new Kansas analytical method to meet the requirements of the policy.

KDHE is happy to announce that beginning January 1, 2016, five laboratories will be certified to run the new Kansas TPH Methods. For a complete list of certified laboratories for the Kansas TPH Methods and other various matrices and analytes, please visit the KHEL Laboratory Accreditation webpage.

Contractual Services Unit

The Contractual Services Unit designs and specifies the format for bidding on scopes of work for corrective action at UST and AST petroleum release trust fund sites. The unit tracks consultant work timelines and budgets and enforces program reimbursement policies. The unit tracks project budgets and expenditures made through the KDHE petroleum remediation contract. The unit documents and tracks consultant qualifications and compliance of responsible parties with agency policies and consent agreements.

Groundwater Monitoring Unit

The Groundwater Monitoring Unit is responsible for the oversight of UST and AST sites in the monitoring program. Unit activities include set-up and coordination of long term monitoring at trust fund sites and evaluating natural attenuation of petroleum constituents. Unit project managers carefully evaluate monitoring report data in accordance to Risk-based Corrective Action guidelines to determine if sites are candidates for continued monitoring, remediation or closure. The unit also oversees recovery and removal of Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (raw fuels) where recovery is technically possible in order to reduce source areas, and inspects vendor activities and field work in order to maintain quality assurance/quality control. Unit technicians are in charge of remedial equipment inventory, maintenance, and disposal.

LUST Investigation Unit

The Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Unit performs project management for Limited Site Assessments and Risk Based Corrective Action. In addition, staff administer Time and Materials contracts and the Federal LUST program. Staff also coordinate tank removals and excavation activities, respond to emergencies, process public requests for information, and disseminate program information to the public and other government agencies.

Remedial Unit

The Remedial Unit facilitates remedial actions at sites where there has been a release of petroleum products from storage tank systems. Remedial Unit staff oversee design, installation, and continued operation of soil and groundwater remedial systems as well as sensitive receptor treatment, including private and public water supply treatment systems and vapor mitigations systems associated with indoor air quality.

Preventative Unit

The Preventative Unit works to prevent the release of regulated substances from underground storage tanks (USTs), protecting public health and safety and preventing soil and groundwater contamination. KDHE, UST owners and operators, and Kansas-Licensed Contractors work together register and permit tank sites, perform compliance inspections, maintain a facility database, and license contractors for work on these systems. The Unit also permits regulated aboveground tanks and processes applications for the storage tank trust and UST property redevelopment funds.

Kansas Public Record Summary Information for USTs for 2015.

Storage Tanks Section Staff Directory






Randy Carlson

Section Chief


Cathy Herring

Administrative Specialist


Contractural Services Unit

Marcia Morgan

Unit Chief


Tina Gustin



Mary Knox



Tamy Simmons



Julie Turner

Public Service Administrator


Pam Tyner

Administrative Assistant


Groundwater Monitoring Unit

Sharon Ferguson, P. G.

Unit Chief


Ashley Allen, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Cory Ingham

Environmental Specialist


Mike LaBuda

Environmental Associate


Matthew Lawhon

Environmental Associate


Mark Totty

Environmental Associate


LUST Investigation Unit


Unit Chief

Christopher Anderson

Geology Associate


Alda LaCrone

Administrative Assistant


Lacey Laird

Environmental Specialist


Stephanie Pfannenstiel

Professional Geologist


Amelia Springer

Geology Specialist


Remedial Unit

Scott O'Neal

Unit Chief


Emily McGuire, P. G.

Professional Geologist


James Snow

Geology Specialist


Jeff Swanson, P. G.

Professional Geologist


Brett Tavener

Geology Specialist


Preventative Unit

Marcus Meerian

Unit Chief


Robin Ashton

Senoir Administrative Assistant


Debbie Clure

Administrative Specialist


Chris Eichman

Environmental Associate


Gary Richardson

Environmental Associate