11 Feb '15, 1pm

California's Wastewater Injection Problem Is Way Worse Than Previously Reported

This issue was first brought to the public’s attention last year when the EPA was forced to step in and issue emergency shutdown orders for 11 injection wells , 9 of which were eventually confirmed to be illegally dumping wastewater into protected California aquifers . The EPA first learned of the extent of the problem in 2011, when it performed an audit of California’s UIC Class II Program and found serious problems, many of which date all the way back to the early 1980s, when the federal agency formally turned over control of underground injection activities to the state. The program, as documented by the San Francisco Chronicle , was practically doomed from the start, as there were two lists of aquifers exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act, and no one could agree on which was the correct list. Given this troubled history and the fact that DOGGR regulators have contin...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2015/02/11/not-hundreds-thousan...

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