Utah Underground Injection Control Permit (14-UT-c)
Underground Injection Control Permit Process
14-UT-c.1 - Hold Pre-application Meeting
The Utah DEQ Division of Water Quality, the Utah Division of Water Right, and the developer hold a pre-application meeting.
14-UT-c.2 - Does the UIC Program Require a Permit
Under UAC R317-7-6.4, the Executive Secretary may require any owner or operator of a Class I, III, or V well authorized by rule under UAC R317-7-6.3 to apply for and obtain an individual or area permit. The Executive Secretary may require a permit if:
- The injection well is not in compliance with applicable rules;
- the injection is not or no longer within the category of wells and types of wells authorized by rule; or
- for protection of an USDW
An owner or operator of an underground injection control well authorized by rule under UAC R317-7-6.4 may request a permit from the Executive Secretary of DEQ.
14-UT-c.3 – Well Inventory Report
The owner or operator of an underground injection control well authorized by rule under UAC R317-7-6.3 must submit inventory information to the Executive Secretary of DEQ on a UIC Inventory Information Form. The General form should be used for geothermal power re-injection wells.
14-UT-c.4 - Authorization by Rule Letter
The DEQ Division of Water Quality sends the developer an Authorization by Rule Letter.
14-UT-c.5 – Underground Injection Control Permit Application
If the DEQ determines that the project requires a Class V UIC Permit, the developer must prepare and sign an Underground Injection Control Permit Application.
14-UT-c.6 to 14-UT-c.7 - Review Application for Completeness
DWQ/UIC staff reviews the application for completeness within 30 days of receiving the application and accepts the application if complete.
14-UT-c.8 - Does the DEQ Issue a Draft Permit
The DEQ reviews the application and determines whether to allow the developer to proceed with the proposed underground injection.
14-UT-c.9 - Draft Underground Injection Control Permit
If the DEQ decides to allow the developer to proceed with the proposed underground injection, the DEQ issues a Draft Permit.
14-UT-c.10 - Publish Notice of Intent to Issue Permit
DWQ/UIC staff prepares and publishes notice of intent to issue permit.
14-UT-c.11 - Submit Comments
The public has 30 days to submit comments on the draft permit.
14-UT-c.12 - Respond to Public Comments
DWQ/UIC staff responds to any comments that may have been submitted during the public comment period.
14-UT-c.13 - Modify Draft Permit (if required)
DWQ/UIC staff revises the draft permit to address public comments.
14-UT-c.14 - Underground Injection Control Permit
The DWQ/UIC staff issues or denies the UIC permit.
If the permit application does not adequately demonstrate that geothermal re-injection wells will be constructed and operated to be protective of any USDWs the issuance of a permit may be denied or delayed.
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