Governing Law and Regulations
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Oklahoma Water Resources Board (Board)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Oklahoma has adopted the federal groundwater regulations for both final permitted and interim status hazardous waste TSDFs. See the national section GROUNDWATER for more information.
Groundwater protection and monitoring are also required at all solid (nonhazardous) waste disposal and treatment facilities and at CAFOs.
In addition, the state has developed permitting requirements for groundwater withdrawals, certification, and licensing requirements for well drillers.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the groundwater rules in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Water Resources Board enforces and administers the state's regulations for the groundwater withdrawal program.
Oklahoma classifies groundwater into four categories:
- Class I (Special Source Groundwaters): These ...