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Who to contact in Region 5 about the UIC program depends on:

  1. the state in which the facility is located
  2. the type of well (Class I, Class II, Class III, Class IV, Class V or Class VI).

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EPA Region 5 UIC program contacts

  • Mailing address
  • By Topic
  • Class V Inspection and Closure Assistance Team
  • Mailing Address

    UIC Branch (WU-16J)
    US EPA Region 5
    77 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604-3590
    312-886-1493
    Fax: 312-886-4235

    Acting Branch Chief Steve Jann (jann.stephen@epa.gov) 312-886-2446

    Contacts by Topic

    Aquifer Exemptions – Steve Roy (roy.stephen@epa.gov) 312-886-6556

    Aquifer Storage & Recovery – Ross Micham (micham.ross@epa.gov) 312-886-4237

    Class I Well Permitting/Land Ban Exemptions – Steve Roy (roy.stephen@epa.gov) 312-886-6556

    Class II & Class III Wells Permitting - Patrick Saïeh (saieh.patrick@epa.gov) 312-886-4240

    Class IV & Class V Wells Inventory/Closure - Ross Micham (micham.ross@epa.gov) 312-886-4237

    Class V Well Inspections & Outreach – Eva-Marie Rowe (rowe.eva@epa.gov) 312-353-0829

    Class VI Permitting/Carbon Sequestration/Climate Change – Jeff McDonald (mcdonald.jeffrey@epa.gov) 312-353-6288

    Compliance Assistance & Enforcement (All Well Classes) – Ray Urchel (urchel.raymond@epa.gov) 312-353-6292

    Field Inspection Contract – Jeff McDonald (mcdonald.jeffrey@epa.gov) 312-353-6288

    Financial Assurance for Plugging Injection Wells – Patrick Saïeh (saieh.patrick@epa.gov) 312-886-4240

    Hydraulic Fracturing – Tim Elkins (Elkins.timothy@epa.gov) 312-886-0263

    Injection Induced Seismicity – Ross Micham (micham.ross@epa.gov) 312-886-4237

    Interstate Oil & Gas Commission Liaison – Jeff McDonald (mcdonald.jeffrey@epa.gov) 312-353-6288

    Hardrock Mining – Steve Roy (roy.stephen@epa.gov) 312-886-6556

    National UIC Technical Workgroup – Tim Elkins (Elkins.timothy@epa.gov) 312-886-0263

    Public Noticing - Lilly Simmons (simmons.lilly@epa.gov) 312-886-5740

    State UIC Program Oversight/Primacy:

    Sustainable Water Infrastructure – Janette E. Hansen (Hansen.janette@epa.gov) 312-886-0241

    Tribal UIC Programs –Ross Micham (micham.ross@epa.gov) 312-886-4237

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    Illinois UIC contacts

    Illinois EPA

    For questions about Class VI wells or the State/Federal Class V Project in Illinois, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    For questions about Class I, III, IV or V wells in Illinois, contact:

    Bur Filson
    Bureau of Land
    Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
    1021 N. Grand Avenue East
    Springfield, IL 62794-9276
    217-782-6070
    FAX: 217-524-3291
    Bur Filson (bur.filson@illinois.gov)
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    Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    For questions about Class II wells in Illinois, contact:

    Doug Shutt (doug.shutt@illinois.gov)
    Division of Oil and Gas
    Office of Mines and Minerals
    Illinois Department of Natural Resources
    One Natural Resources Way
    Springfield, IL 62702-1271
    FAX 217-782-3718

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    Indiana UIC contacts

    Indiana Department of Natural Resources

    For questions about Class I, III, IV, V, or VI wells in Indiana, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    For questions about Class II wells in Indiana, contact:

    Mona Nemecek (mnemecek@dnr.state.in.us) 317-232-0045
    Division of Oil and Gas
    Indiana Department of Natural Resources
    402 W. Washington St., Rm. W293
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    FAX: 317-232-1550
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    Michigan UIC contacts

    For questions about any of the six classes of injection wells in Michigan, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    Other Partners

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) (formerly the Department of Natural Resources and Environment) also enforces its own set of rules for injection wells in Michigan indepent of but in coordination with the Federal UIC program.

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    For MDEQ information related specifically to the oil and gas industry, see the Michigan Online Oil and Gas Information System exit EPA or Oil and Gas Database exit EPAor contact:

    For MDEQ information on groundwater, contact the Michigan Source Water Protection Program exit EPA

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    Minnesota UIC contacts

    For questions about any of the six classes of injection wells in Minnesota, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    Other Partners

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency exit EPA(MPCA) or contact:

    The Minnesota Department of Health exit EPA (MDH) is also active in protecting ground water in Minnesota. They are responsible for implementing the Source Water Protection Program exit EPA, one component of which is Wellhead Protection exit EPA.

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    Ohio UIC contacts

    For questions about Class VI wells in Ohio, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    Ohio EPA

    For questions about Class I, IV, or V wells in Ohio, contact:

    Lindsay Taliaferro (lindsay.taliaferro@epa.state.oh.us) 614-644-2771, Geology Program Manager
    Division of Drinking and Ground Waters
    Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
    PO Box 1049 50 West Town Street, Suite 700
    Columbus, OH 43266-0149
    FAX: 614-644-2909
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    Ohio DNR

    For information about Class II or Class III wells in Ohio, contact:

    Andrew Adgate
    (andrew.adgate@dnr.state.oh.us)
    Division of Oil and Gas
    Ohio Department of Natural Resources
    Fountain Square, 2045 Morse Road
    Columbus, OH 43229-6693
    614-265-6673
    614-265-6910
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    Wisconsin UIC contacts

    For questions about Class VI wells in Wisconsin, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

    For information about Class I, II, III, IV, or V wells in Wisconsin, contact:

    Brian P. Austin, UIC Coordinator
    Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater
    Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
    P.O. Box 7921
    Madison, WI 53707-7921
    (608) 266-3415

    Brian Austin (brian.austin@wisconsin.gov)
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    Tribal Lands UIC contacts

    The EPA Region 5 Office regulates all classes of wells found on tribal lands in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Currently, there are no tribal lands in Illinois and Indiana. (Note: Implementation of the Class V program on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation in Minnesota is covered under a Memorandum of Understanding)

    For questions about any of the six classes of injection wells on Tribal lands in Region 5 states, contact the EPA Region 5 UIC program

    Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

    The reservation for this tribe is located in the area around Mille Lacs Lake in central Minnesota, about 80 miles north of Minneapolis. This group of Native Americans is in the process of applying for Underground Injection Control primacy on their land and works jointly with the EPA by agreement on injection wells found on their land. For more information, contact:

    Ryan Rupp (ryanr@millelacsobjibwe.nsn.us) 320-532-7442, UIC Coordinator
    Department of Natural Resources and Environment
    Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
    HCR 67 Box 194
    Onamia, MN 56359
    FAX: (320) 532-4209
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    Other Partners

    Ground Water Protection Council exit EPA also works to protect our nation's groundwater.

    The American Petroleum Institute exit EPA and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission exit EPA have information related to disposal of oil and gas industry wastes.

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