Underground Injection Control

Enforcement Actions

The DEQ undertakes enforcement actions to preserve safe environmental conditions throughout Wyoming. 

This page contains information on the enforcement actions that the Water Quality Division may undertake, as well as a record of enforcement actions that have been undertaken by WQD.

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Electronic Documents Submittal

Electronic document submittal is available for WQD permit applications, reports, and other communications.
Visit:  WDEQ Water Quality Division Downloads

You do NOT need to follow up the electronic submission with a hard copy submission unless you are specifically contacted by a WQD staff person with a request to do so.

Need to report a spill or complaint? Please visit https://deqspills.wyo.gov/home

Submitting a public comment? WQD is unable to accept public notice comments through this system. Refer to the public notice document for instructions on how to submit comments or visit https://wq.wyomingdeq.commentinput.com/comment/search.

NOTICE: All applications for water distribution systems and/or sewage collection systems that are within the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) district shall be submitted to the BOPU for approval. Contact Frank Strong or Bryce Dorr at (307) 637-6460, ENGreview@cheyennebopu.org, or http://cheyennebopu.org for additional information.

Recent General Permit Authorizations

The DEQ Water Quality Division accepts comments on all permits authorized under a general permit for a period of 30 days, as provided for in W.S. 35-11-801(d).

Interested persons may mail or fax comments to the main Cheyenne office. The ‘Date’ column in the table below indicates the date the authorization was posted to the website. Comments must be received before 5:00 pm on the 30th day after the authorization was posted to the website. For example, comments for an authorization posted on 10/1/18 must be received by 5:00 p.m. on 10/31/18. DEQ does not accept emailed comments.

You may sort the table by posting date or search for the type of general permit, the county where the permit was issued, the permit number, or the name of the person or company to whom the permit was issued.

If you wish to review the general permit documents, please go to the web page for each permitting program:

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Proposed Rules and Regulations

Water Quality Rules Chapter 12

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council will consider proposed revisions to the
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Rules Chapter 12, Design and Construction Standards for Public Water Supplies, Docket 22-3103, at a hearing to be held on November 15, 2022 in the Capitol Extension Public Meeting Room 5, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, WY, 82002, starting at 9:00 a.m. (MST). The revisions include new requirements for public water supplies that propose well acidization, updates to water treatment technologies, and the incorporation by reference of the Recommended Standards for Water Works, 2018 Edition. More information is available at: https://eqc.wyo.gov/Public/Pleadings.aspx?DocketId=4336

Water Quality Rules Chapter 3

The Department of Environmental Quality has revised Water Quality Rules, Chapter 3, Regulations for Permit to Construct, Install or Modify Public Water Supplies,
Wastewater Facilities, Disposal Systems, Biosolids Management Facilities, Treated
Wastewater Reuse Systems and Other Facilities Capable of Causing or Contributing to Pollution.

The Environmental Quality Council adopted the revised rules at a public hearing located at the Capitol Extension Public Meeting Room 5, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 14, 2022. The final rule was filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State on August 19, 2022.

Electronic copies of the rule are available from the Secretary of State at rules.wyo.gov , under “Current Rules,” “Environmental Quality, Dept of (020),” “Water Quality,” “Chapter 3.”

Water Quality Rules Chapter 29

The Department of Environmental Quality has created a new rule: Water Quality Rules Chapter 29, Geologic Sequestration Special Revenue Account Requirements.

The Environmental Quality Council adopted the new rule at a public hearing located at the Capitol Extension Public Meeting Room 5, Herschler Building, 122 W. 25th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 14, 2022. The final rule was filed with the Wyoming Secretary of State on August 19, 2022.

Electronic copies of the rule are available from the Secretary of State at rules.wyo.gov, under “Current Rules,” “Environmental Quality, Dept of (020),” “Water Quality,” “Chapter 29.”

Rules and Regulations

All official Wyoming State Rules and Regulations are kept at the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office. Click here to view all current Rules and Regulations.

Underground Injection Control (UIC)

The Underground Injection Control Program regulates the subsurface injection of nonhazardous waste fluids, subsurface storage of liquid and gaseous fluids, and mineral solution mining to protect current and future uses of Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW). A USDW site is defined as an aquifer which currently, or could, supply a public water system with drinking water.

The US EPA regulations group injection wells into six classes.  The Wyoming UIC Program regulates Class I, Class V, and Class VI injection wells.

Class I

Regulated by Wyoming UIC Program.
Deep disposal of industrial, commercial or municipal waste below the deepest usable aquifer, including all wells which dispose waste on a commercial basis, even if the waste would otherwise be injected into a Class II well.

Class II

Deep disposal of hydrocarbons, brines, or other fluids produced in conjunction with oil and gas production, regulated by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Class III

Injection wells for the recovery of minerals, such as in situ coal gasification, or solution mining of minerals such as copper, uranium, trona, etc., regulated by Land Quality.

Class IV

A prohibited type of facility that disposes hazardous waste into or above any usable aquifer, such as automotive sumps.

Class V

Regulated by Wyoming UIC Program.
All other facilities not included in Classes I-IV that dispose of fluids or other material into the subsurface, including, but not limited to heat pumps, remedial injections, underground stormwater disposal systems, Coal Bed Methane produced water, commercial septic systems and other large capacity septic systems.

Class VI

Regulated by Wyoming UIC Program.
Facilities that inject carbon dioxide for long-term storage, also known as Geologic Sequestration of CO2

Contact
NAMEPROGRAMSPHONE
Lily BarkauGroundwater Section Manager Cheyenne(307)777-7072
Nicole TwingGround Section Geology Supervisor, UIC, GPC, & Federal Facilities Programs(307)777-8275
John PassehlFederal Facilities Program, Geology Supervisor, Cheyenne(307)777-5623
Justin ScottUIC Program, Geology Supervisor, Cheyenne(307)777-7511
Laurel MorrowUIC Program, Project Geologist, Cheyenne(307)777-7608
Tyler HarrisUIC Program, Natural Resources Program Principal, Cheyenne(307)777-5501
Hunter HubbardUIC Program, Project Geologist, Cheyenne  (307)777-2960
Wylee RizzitelloGPC Program, Natural Resources Program Principal, Cheyenne(307)777-9355
Curtis CrawfordUIC Program, Natural Resource Analyst, Cheyenne(307)777-6080
Aaron BirkemeierGPC Program, Natural Resource Analyst, Cheyenne(307)777-7092
Graeme Finley UIC Program, Senior Project Geologist, Casper  (307)473-3478
Christy HutchinsonGPC Program, Natural Resources Program Principal, Casper(307)473-3468
Steven LooseGPC & UIC Program, Project Geologist, Lander(307)335-6942
Jack LeitnerUIC Program, Natural Resource Analyst, Lander(307)335-6752
Forms and Guidance

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GEM Database

The GEM Database is a tool for permitees, operators, and consultants to report monitoring data to the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  Operators and consultants requesting access to the database for reporting must be approved by a responsible corporate officer of the permitted entity.

Currently the GEM Database is offline. To submit documents please click here: https://bit.ly/WDEQ-WQD

For inquiries regarding UIC records, please submit a Public Records Request.