Fertilizer Storage & Handling

Storing liquid tanks and bulk chemicals inside a properly constructed diked area will reduce the risk of soil, surface water, and groundwater contamination if a leak or spill should occur. The Kansas Department of Agriculture requires non-fluid fertilizer or fertilizer materials be stored inside a properly designed structure or device with a cover or roof top, sidewalls, and base sufficient to prevent fertilizer contact with precipitation and surface waters. Floors and sidewalls must be strong enough to support the weight of the fertilizer being stored (KAR 4-4-920). Handling or work areas where any dry fertilizer is stored, loaded, unloaded, or handled must be constructed of concrete, asphalt, or other material that is sealed with a product approved by the secretary to maintain a permeability rate at least equivalent to that of concrete or asphalt. Secondary containment is also required when the total of individual liquid-fertilizer storage containers reaches a capacity of 2,000 gallons. Fertilizer volume is determined by the total capacity or aggregate of all storage containers located in one area. Secondary containment materials must be chemically compatible with products stored.
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