In September, Tom Fox was invited to speak before the Suffolk County Highway Superintendents Association. The topic: “How to Navigate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program” or, as it is more commonly referred to, the UIC program. The UIC program was established in 1980 as part of the Safe Drinking Water Act with the goal of protecting underground sources of drinking water from contamination. In its simplest form an Underground Injection Control or UIC structure is basically any dry well or similar structure designed to collect and convey storm water, rinse water or wastewater and discharge it to the subsurface. Given this very broad definition, UIC structures can be found wherever storm water flows into a dry well. They are very common on Long Island.
As part of his presentation, Mr. Fox reviewed the regulatory requirements associated with the UIC permit process, typical operation and maintenance, procedures, along with a primer on the UIC closure process. Lastly, the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local agencies were discussed.