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EPA signs off North Dakota regulation of CO2 wells

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World Coal,

US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has announced that EPA has signed a proposed rulemaking to approve North Dakota’s application to implement and enforce its own Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) programme. Class VI injection wells are used for long-term storage of carbon dioxide captured from industrial and energy related sources. This action reinforces Administrator Pruitt’s commitment to cooperative federalism, and will help advance carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.

“North Dakotans know better than anyone the needs of their environment, economy, and communities,” said Administrator Pruitt. “By taking action toward authorising North Dakota’s Class VI programme, we will empower state regulators, provide needed certainty, and advance CCS technologies, all while ensuring drinking water sources remain protected.”

EPA is proposing to determine that North Dakota is capable of enforcing its Class VI program in a manner consistent with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and all applicable regulations to protect underground sources of drinking water. If EPA ultimately approves the state’s programme, the North Dakota Industrial Commission will have primary enforcement responsibility. EPA will continue to administer the UIC Programme for wells on Indian lands per the SDWA.

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