EPA Records Schedule 432
Status: Final, 02/15/2007
Title: Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program Summary System
Program: Water, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Function: 108-025-08 - Compliance and Enforcement
NARA Disposal Authority:
This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.
Contains annual summary reports of individual injection well activities conducted by each state and EPA administered Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. The summary information is used by EPA for the monitoring and enforcement of the UIC portion of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). EPA's monitoring and enforcement are primarily achieved through initial, quarterly, and annual reporting requirements for both owner/operator and primary enforcement (primacy) authorities. EPA uses a set of standardized forms (EPA form 7520) to collect and maintain UIC information at the state program level and at the EPA regional level. (Regions have the role of implementing UIC programs for states, territories, and Indian tribes, which do not have their own UIC programs.) Each region forwards to headquarters a set of forms (by primacy agency) which summarizes activities conducted by all UIC programs in its jurisdiction. These summaries represent the minimum information necessary to achieve the Agency's goals and satisfy regulatory requirements (e.g., permits, compliance and enforcement, inspection, mechanical integrity testing, and inventory). Headquarters maintains the summary information from the 7520 forms on a PC-based system called the UIC Program Summary System.
Item a: Electronic software program
Delete when superseded by routine software updates or when no longer needed.
Item b: Input
Keep in office up to 7 years after closure, then destroy.
Item c: Electronic data
Close when superseded.
Maintain data for 20 years, then delete.
Item d: Output and reports
File with related records and follow instructions for the related records.
Item e: Supporting documentation
Keep inactive materials in office up to 2 years after closure, then retire to the FRC. Destroy when 15 years old.
Some confidential business information (CBI) restrictions apply to access of individual Class I hazardous waste injection well information maintained at the state and regional levels.
A similar system for Region 4 is scheduled as EPA 234. Information from the regional system is extracted and sent by mail to headquarters.
Due to a recent reorganization, enforcement data is now sent to the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Reasons for Disposition:
The purpose of the UIC program is to establish a federal-state regulatory system to ensure that actual or potential sources of drinking water are not endangered by the underground injection of contaminants. EPA information users include regional and headquarters staff who make decisions to: justify budget request/program plans; make fair resource allocation/grant allotments; satisfy public and other group requests; assess program progress and implementation; identify environmental success against litigation; plan the budget; track and evaluate regional performance; identify research needs and respond to inquiries from the Office of Management and Budget, Congress, General Accounting Office, and the public. Primary enforcement agencies in state use the information to target inspection and enforcement activity; to establish permit terms and conditions; to track performance against demands; identify violations; assess their significance; and evaluate their own program activities.
Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Ground Water Protection Division
- Contact: Bruce J. Kobelski
- Telephone: 202-564-3888
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Water Enforcement Division
- Contact: Don Olson
- Telephone: 202-564-5558
Previous NARA Disposal Authority:
EPA Approval: 07/14/1995
NARA Approval: 06/12/1998