Utah Underground Injection Wells regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Underground Injection Wells: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground injection control (UIC) program: Utah Administrative Rules (R)317-7-0 to 317-7-13

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UIC of recovery operations and Class II injection wells: R649-5-1 to 649-5-7

UIC well classifications: R317-7-3 and R649-1-1

UIC permits:

Class I, III, and V wells: R317-7-6 and R317-7-7

Class II wells: R649-5-2 and R649-8-18

UIC well operation:

Inventory information forms: R317-7-6.4

Class II wells: R649-5-5 and R649-8-19 to 649-8-21

Hazardous waste management: R315-8-1

Regulatory Agencies

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Quality

Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Utah has been granted primacy from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal underground injection control (UIC) program for Class I, II, III, IV, and V wells in the state. Utah has adopted the federal rules that apply to the underground injection of hazardous wastes, including technical specifications and financial responsibility during post-closure. See the national section UNDERGROUND INJECTION WELLS for more information. Utah does add some state-specific requirements that include well classification changes and the granting of area permits.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Water Quality is responsible for administering and enforcing the hazardous waste UIC rules and regulations in Utah, except for oil and gas related wells. DNR's Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining is responsible for administering the UIC ...

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