Iowa Underground Injection Wells regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Iowa Underground Injection Wells: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground injection well prohibition: Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 567-62.9(455B) and IAC 567-141.7(455B)

Regulatory Agencies
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Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Services Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Iowa has not been granted primacy to administer the underground injection control program in the state. However, Iowa prohibits the disposal of pollutants other than heat into wells in the state under its state programs, but does generally follow the federal hazardous waste disposal rules are in effect in the state. See the national section UNDERGROUND INJECTION WELLS for more information on the federal permitting of underground injection wells.

Administration and enforcement. The EPA administers and enforces the underground injection rules in the state. The DNR enforces the underground injection well prohibition in Iowa.

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