Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1974
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The UIC Program works with state and local governments to oversee underground injection of waste in order to prevent contamination of drinking water resources. One of the initiatives of the UIC Program is underground injection of CO2, as authorized under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). EPA has finalized guidance to assist state and EPA regional UIC programs in processing permit applications for projects designed to assess the efficacy of CO2 injection for the purpose of geologic sequestration. 

In 2010, EPA finalized regulations for the Geologic Sequestration (GS) of carbon dioxide (CO2) using the existing UIC Program regulatory framework modified with criteria and standards specific to GS, thus creating a new class of Wells; Class VI.

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