New Jersey Underground Injection Wells regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Underground Injection Wells: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground injection well requirements: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:14A-8.1 to 7:14A-8.18

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Permit condition: NJAC 7:14A-8.10

Class V wells by permit-by-rule: NJAC 7:14A-8.5

Individual UIC permits: NJAC 7:14A-8.17

On-site wastewater disposal: NJAC 7:9A-1.1 to 7:9A-12.8

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey's rules for underground injection wells are more stringent than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal underground injection control (UIC) program. The state imposes location standards and many more permit-by-rule requirements. For additional information about the federal UIC rules, see the national section UNDERGROUND INJECTION WELLS.

EPA has delegated primacy to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for all underground injection well classes in New Jersey. In the state, underground injection systems include a number of different types of subsurface disposal systems such as: sanitary septic systems that do not conform to the standards for the construction of individual subsurface sewage disposal systems; any septic system receiving industrial wastewater; true wastewater injection wells; subsurface trench systems; dry wells; and seepage pits.

In most cases, New Jersey prohibits the operation of Class IV injection wells, and prohibits hazardous and radioactive wastes from being injected into Class I injection wells. Class V wells may be authorized ...

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