Underground Injection Practices Council (UIPC)

Definition - What does Underground Injection Practices Council (UIPC) mean?

Underground Injection Practices Council, abbreviated as UIPC is a body of professionals that creates certain rules and regulations which outline the disposal of hazardous waste underground in a safe manner that does not affect the groundwater aquifers, human health and the environment. The committee is formed by the state regulators, industry representatives and personnel of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Petropedia explains Underground Injection Practices Council (UIPC)

The Environment Protection Agency is the lead regulator in the underground injection practices council (UIPC). Along with other regulators and industrialists they create and implement a set of standard procedures that deals with waste management practices for the disposal of hazardous and toxic industrial waste by injecting them underground. This program handles and manages the following aspects:

  • Protecting underground sources of drinking water.
  • Protecting human health and the environment from hazardous industrial waste.
  • Categorizing industrial waste based on their toxic levels in Classes I to Class VI and injecting it underground depending on the Class it falls into.
  • Ensuring that groundwater aquifers are not affected because of Class I to Class VI injection practices.

The following classes are pre-decided by EPA and strictly implemented on the operators for conducting and managing underground injection practices:

  • Class I injection well
  • Class II injection well
  • Class III injection well
  • Class IV injection well
  • Class V injection well
  • Class VI injection well
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