Groundwater Protection

    The Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule Dec. 10, 2010, that establishes requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act for the underground injection and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Geologic sequestration is one option that is being used in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The final rule seeks to protect groundwater sources of drinking water from carbon dioxide migration and contamination by establishing requirements involving minimum technical criteria, site characterization, corrective actions, financial responsibility, well construction and operation, mechanical integrity testing, monitoring, plugging, and post-closure care. The final rule takes effect Jan. 10.
-- You can find the text of the final rule in the Federal Register Archive

Did you know…?
    EPA’s geologic carbon sequestration final rule creates a sixth class of underground injection wells regulated under the federal Underground Injection Control program. The UIC program assigns classifications to all types of injection wells and imposes technical, operational, and financial requirements on them. In some instances, wells are prohibited.
-- You can find an overview of EPA’s UIC program in Water Pollution Control Guide