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Today's federal register

EPA announces proceeding on 
underground injection of CO2 within the 
context of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Isn't one of these CO2 injection wells planned 
for the Gaylord area?



[Federal Register: August 28, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 168)]
[Proposed Rules]              
[Page 50740-50741]
 From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr28au08-20]                        

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
40 CFR Parts 144 and 146
[EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0390; FRL-8709-8]
RIN 2040-AE98

Proposed Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection
Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration
(GS) Wells; Notice of Public Hearings

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.
ACTION: Announcement of public hearings.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding two
public hearings to solicit public comment on the recently proposed
regulations for the underground injection of carbon dioxide
(CO<sub>2</sub>) for geologic sequestration under the Safe Drinking
Water Act (SDWA). The SDWA requires EPA to protect underground sources
of drinking water. The Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program
works with States, Territories, and Tribes to regulate underground
injection activities and

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prevent endangerment of drinking water sources. These hearings will
provide interested parties with an opportunity to provide oral comments
on the proposed rule. The oral comments will become part of the
official rule-making record.

DATES: The hearings will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., CDT, September
30, 2008 in Chicago, IL, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., MDT, October 2, 2008 in
Denver, CO.

ADDRESSES: In Chicago, IL the hearing will be held at the Ralph H.
Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604.
The Denver, CO hearing will be at the Colorado Convention Center, 700
14th St., Denver, CO 80202. Due to capacity limitations, we encourage
you to indicate your intent to participate through pre-registration. To
pre-register, for directions, and for site specific information, please
visit the following Web site: <A HREF="http://gshearing.cadmusweb.com/";>http://gshearing.cadmusweb.com/</A>.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information about these
public hearings, please contact Mary Rose (Molly) Bayer by phone (202)
564-1981, by e-mail at <A HREF="mailto:bayer.maryrose@epa.gov";>bayer.maryrose@epa.gov</A>, or by mail at: U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 4606M, 1200 Pennsylvania
Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 25, 2008 at 73 FR 43491, EPA
proposed requirements for underground injection of carbon dioxide for
geologic sequestration. The proposal included a request for public
comment and also described EPA's intent to convene public hearings on
the proposed rule. This notice provides information about the dates and
locations for those hearings. The proposed rule applies to owners or
operators of wells that will be used to inject CO<sub>2</sub> into the
subsurface for the purpose of long-term storage. It proposes a new
class of well (Class VI) and technical criteria for the geologic site
characterization, area of review (AoR) and corrective action, well
construction, operation, mechanical integrity testing, monitoring, well
plugging, post-injection site care, and site closure for the purposes
of protecting underground sources of drinking water.
    For more information on Geologic Sequestration and the Underground
Injection Control Program, please visit <A HREF="http://www.epa.gov/safewater/uic/index.html";>http://www.epa.gov/safewater/
uic/index.html</A>. To submit written comments, the docket can be viewed at
<A HREF="http://www.regulations.gov";>http://www.regulations.gov</A> (Docket Id: EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0390). Comments
on the proposed rule must be received by November 24, 2008.

Special Accommodations

    For information on access or services for individuals with
disabilities, please contact Mary Rose (Molly) Bayer at (202) 564-1981
or <A HREF="mailto:bayer.maryrose@epa.gov";>bayer.maryrose@epa.gov</A>. To request accommodation of a disability,
please contact Mary Rose Bayer, preferably at least 10 days prior to
the meeting, to give EPA as much time as possible to process your request.

    Dated: August 21, 2008.
Nanci Gelb,
Deputy Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.
[FR Doc. E8-19998 Filed 8-27-08; 8:45 am]
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