EPA developed guidance documents to help owners and operators as well as regulatory agencies comply with the requirements for Class V wells. Links to Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of each guidance document are provided below. To order a copy of any of these documents, please call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.
Guidance for operators:
- Small Entity Compliance Guide - How the New Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Well Rule Affects Your Business
Guidance Documents for regulatory agencies:
- State Implementation Guide: Revisions to the Underground Injection Control Regulations for Class V Injection Wells
- State Implementation Guide: Revisions to the Underground Injection Control Regulations for Class V Injection Wells - Appendices
- Technical Assistance Document for Delineating "Other Sensitive Ground Water Areas"
- When are Storm Water Discharges Regulated as Class V Wells?
- When Is A Septic System Regulated as a Class V Well?
- Conversion of a Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Well - A UIC Director's Guide
- Identifying and Prioritizing Enforcement Cases at Class V Wells and Available Enforcement Options
Small Entity Compliance Guide: How The New Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Well Rule Affects Your Business (PDF)(33 pp, 470 K,
This guide provides information to help you determine if you: have a motor vehicle waste disposal well; understand how to comply with it if you are affected; find additional sources of useful information including program contact; and with tips on best management practices that may save you money and reduce your record keeping requirements.
State Implementation Guide: Revisions to the Underground Injection Control Regulations for Class V Injection Wells (PDF)(51 pp, 417 K,
This guide has been developed to assist states and EPA regions in implementing the EPA's 1999 Class V Rule
WHEN ARE STORM WATER DISCHARGES REGULATED AS CLASS V WELLS? (PDF)(2 pp, 817 K,
This fact sheet is for storm water managers that implement the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. It is intended to increase awareness that storm water drainage wells are regulated as Class V injection wells and to ensure that NPDES regulators understand the minimum federal requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.
WHEN IS A SEPTIC SYSTEM REGULATED AS A CLASS V WELL? (PDF)(4 pp, 2 MB,
This fact sheet is for state, tribal, and local regulators; health department officials; environmental quality officers; and other persons who design, track, inspect, or issue permits for septic systems. It is intended to assist regulators identify when a septic system would be regulated as a Class V well.
Conversion of a Motor Vehicle Waste Disposal Well - A UIC Director’s Guide (PDF)(23 pp, 1 MB,
This document outlines for UIC program directors and their staff, the new requirements for allowing the conversion (reclassification) of a motor vehicle waste disposal well to another type of Class V injection well. The guidance also discusses other UIC requirements that may affect a conversion and additional factors that may need to be considered such as Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Identifying and Prioritizing Enforcement Cases at Class V Wells and Available Enforcement Options (PDF)(10 pp, 659 K,
April 28, 1988)
The purpose of this guidance is to offer a prioritizing scheme for enforcement actions against Class V wells that may adversely affect or imminently and substantially endanger human health.