Underground Injection Practices Council (UlPC)

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

Underground Injection Practices Council, abbreviated as UIPC, is a committee of professional that work together in forming certain rules and regulations for the safe disposal of hazardous waste underground so that this waste do not affect the groundwater aquifers, environment and human health. The committee is formed by state regulators, industry representatives and personnel from the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).

Petropedia explains Underground Injection Practices Council (UlPC)

The Environment Protection Agency, the lead regulator in underground injection practices council, along with other regulators and industrialists have created and implemented a set of standard procedures that deals with waste management practices for the disposal of hazardous and toxic industrial waste by injecting it underground. This program ensures handling and managing the following aspects:

  • Protecting underground sources of drinking water.
  • Protecting human health and environment from hazardous industrial waste.
  • Categorizing industrial waste based on their toxic levels in Classes I to Class VI and injecting it under the ground depending the Class it falls into.
  • Ensuring that the 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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