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Class 1 UIC vs Class IV UIC

June 9, 1999
Dear P2 Tech, 
I'm looking for clarification on this issue, can you help.
The EPA's Office of Enforcement Compliance and Assurance (OECA) has informed 
me the nations largest point source violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act 
(SDWA) is in Dade County, Florida where 13 Class 1 underground injection 
control (UIC) wells are daily discharging 208 million gallons of waste into 
underground sources of drinking water (USDW). 
(see: http://news.pollutiononline.com/industry-news/19990602-3717.htm)
Doesn't the fact that Dade, County's Class 1 UIC wells are discharging into 
USDW technically qualify them as Class IV UIC wells which are banned in the 
United States? 
(see: http://www.epa.gov/ogwdw/uic.html and 
http://www.ficus.usf.edu/library/fcfguide/chap10/chap10-7.htm and 
Thank you for any assistance you can give me on this issue.
Best Wishes, 
Donald Sutherland 
Member of the Society of Environmental Journalists