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EPA Has Granted North Dakota First-in-the-Nation Request for Primacy over CCS Permit Program
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EPA Has Granted North Dakota First-in-the-Nation Request for Primacy over CCS Permit Program

 

EPA has granted North Dakota's first-in-the-nation request for “primacy” to issue Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) permits for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) wells. EPA's backing of the state's Class VI Underground Injection Control program enables it to approve wells that are used for long-term storage of carbon dioxide from coal plants and other industrial sources. A number of states have assumed permitting authority for other types of wells, like those holding oil and gas wastewater.

 

North Dakota is home to a nascent carbon capture and sequestration project at the Milton R. Young power plant called Project Tundra.

 

Supporters of North Dakota's request for primacy -- including an ethanol plant in the state that hopes to add a CCS unit in order to earn credits under California's low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) -- have argued that the move will provide regulatory certainty for CCS developers and, in turn, advance the low-carbon technology.

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