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Idaho asks federal agency to regulate oil injection wells


November 29, 2017

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take over regulating underground injection wells needed by the state's oil and natural gas industry to economically dispose of wastewater.

The federal agency in a notice Monday said it will take public comments through Jan. 11 on the plan to transfer a portion of the state's Underground Injection Control program.

The Idaho Department of Water Resources in August requested the change after failed attempts by the state to get approval from the EPA to regulate what are called class II injection wells.

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