Alabama Underground Injection Wells regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Underground Injection Wells: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground injection control (UIC) program: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-6-8-.01 to 335-6-8-.30

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Class II wells: Ala. Admin. Code r 400-1-2-.01 to 400-1-2-.05

Permit applications: Ala. Admin. Code r 400-4-2-.01(3)

Operation requirements: Ala. Admin. Code r 400-4-2-.01(6)

Monitoring records: Ala. Admin. Code r 400-4-2-.01(7)

Application of other rules: Ala. Admin. Code r 400-4-1-.02

Class III wells:

Permit application: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.09

Permit conditions: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.11

Class V wells:

Permit application: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.10

Permit conditions: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.12

Modifications: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.12(f)

Monitoring: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.12(c)

Recordkeeping: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.12(d)

Class VI wells: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.13 to 335-6-8-.27

Release reporting: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-8-.06

Regulatory Agencies

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division Groundwater Branch

Alabama Oil and Gas Board (Board)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Alabama has received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal underground injection control (UIC) program. The state prohibits Class I and Class IV wells. Class II, Class III, Class V, and Class VI wells are allowed in Alabama. Alabama has not adopted the federal permit-by-rule option for Class V wells.

Administration and enforcement. The ADEM is responsible for permitting Class III, Class V, and Class VI underground injection wells and for administering and enforcing the ...

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