EMERGENCY RULEMAKING: AQUIFER EXEMPTION COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE REGULATIONS
On April 2, 2015, the Department of Conservation noticed its intent to propose the adoption of emergency regulations necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment, and to bring California’s Class II Underground Injection Control program into compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. This action is being taken in accordance with Government Code sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the California Administrative Procedures Act. These regulations will be submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) on April 9, 2015, with an intended effective date of April 20, 2015.
To access the Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking Action and the Text of the Proposed Emergency Regulations, please click here
If you wish to comment on proposed emergency regulations, you must submit the comment directly to OAL within five calendar days of OAL’s posting of the proposed emergency regulations on the OAL website. You may submit comments on proposed emergency regulations to:
OAL Reference Attorney
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1250
Sacramento, California 95814
Fax: (916) 323-6826 E-mail: email@example.com
When you submit a comment to OAL, you must also submit a copy of your comment to the Department:
Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 24-02
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Aquifer Exemption Emergency Rulemaking
Fax: (916) 324-0948 E-mail: UIC.Regulations@conservation.ca.gov
For additional information on submitting comments on the proposed emergency regulations, please refer to the Notice of Proposed Emergency Rulemaking Action.
DOGGR's Action Plan Receives U.S. EPA Approval
California regulatory authorities on Friday, February 6, submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a plan to correct deficiencies in the regulation of underground injection. The response included a 12-page letter, prepared by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the State Water Resources Control Board, and four supporting documents, all of which are linked below. The plan focuses on the enhanced protection of California aquifers from contamination due to oil and gas production.
More information about the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources UIC program, as well as issues related to SB 4 and well stimulation, can be found here.