DALLAS, MAY 1, 2017 --
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded
$123,680 to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) to protect groundwater
from underground injection or disposal wells.
"Safe drinking water is one of our most important natural resources,"
said Acting Regional Administrator Sam Coleman. "Partners like LDNR help EPA
assure those resources are protected from pollution."
The funds will support LDNR's activities for granting permits and monitoring
construction and operation of injection or disposal wells in a manner that protects
underground sources of drinking water. LDNR will also conduct field surveillance,
investigation, inspection and enforcement activities for injection and disposal
An injection well is used to place fluid underground into porous geologic formations.
These underground formations may range from deep sandstone or limestone, to a shallow
soil layer. Injected fluids may include water, wastewater, brine (salt water), or
water mixed with chemicals. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that underground
sources of drinking water be protected from contamination that might migrate from
For more about EPA grants: https://www.epa.gov/grants.
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