Alabama Groundwater regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Groundwater: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Alabama Environmental Management Act: Alabama Code (Ala. Code) 22-22A-1 et seq.

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Alabama Water Pollution Control Act: Ala. Code 22-22-1 et seq.

Water quality standards: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-6-1 to 335-6-16

Underground injection wells: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8

Drinking water: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-7-5-.01 to r 335-7-5-.22

Reporting: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-7-10-.06

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) management rules: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-5-.06

Monitoring wells: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-5-.06(8)(c)

Detection monitoring program: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-14-5-.06(9)

Regulatory Agency

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. ADEM's groundwater programs include regulations for the siting, construction, and operation of drinking water wells, and the underground injection control program, which regulates injection of treated wastewater into wells following federal law and regulations. See the national section GROUNDWATER for federal rules and a groundwater inspection checklist.

Underground injection wells. Alabama's underground injection control program prohibits the injection of pollutants into any underground area unless such injection is authorized by a permit. Construction of injection wells, surface facilities, and monitoring wells also requires a permit. See the state section UNDERGROUND INJECTION WELLS for more information.

Underground storage tanks (UST). Groundwater is also protected under the state's UST program, designed to ...

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