EPA awards more than $144,000 to protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $144,554 to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department to operate and implement its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The UIC program helps protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination by regulating the construction and operation of injection wells.
The grant funds will also be used to review regulations, develop program plans, inventory injection well facilities, identify aquifers and conduct enforcement activities, surveillance and investigations. One of EPA’s missions is to protect public health, including safe sources of drinking water in coordination with state and tribal governments.