National Technical UIC Workgroup Charter
The Underground Injection Control Technical Workgroup provides a forum whereby technical issues, relating specifically to the UIC Program, can be discussed, reviewed and resolved by UIC program experts. The workgroup will provide an avenue for open dialogue, communication and coordination, both internally within EPA and externally with states, industry, environmental organizations and the public concerning technical matters related to underground injection. While the workgroup will at times be engaged in the development of technical guidance it is not the intent of the workgroup to engage itself with formal rule-making.
The workgroup will strive to promote consistent implementation of the UIC program using a common sense approach, ensuring that decisions are made in a sound scientific manner and by providing for open communication in the exchange of technical and programmatic information and ideas. The workgroup envisions a process whereby preemptive solutions to potential technical problems are frequently developed, involvement of interested and affected parties is maximized and education of and by the workgroup members continues, resulting in an overall improvement of the stature of the UIC program.
Goals and Objectives
It is the intent of the workgroup to foster the following UIC program goals and objectives:
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
UNDERGROUND INJECTION CONTROL TECHNICAL WORKGROUP
Workgroup membership will consist of regional and headquarters UIC experts who have been selected by their respective branch or section chief to participate. As necessary, the workgroup will invite EPA Laboratory, State and other environmental organization experts to participate with and advise the workgroup on UIC issues of concern. Workgroup members will be empowered to provide recommendations and make decisions during workgroup deliberations, on behalf of their respective programs, in order to ensure continuity of purpose and commitment to achieving the workgroup’s goals and objectives.
The workgroup will elect from its membership a chair and co-chair. The co-chair will assume the position of chair each succeeding year, therefore, a two year commitment is required. A co-chair will be elected each year. The chair and co-chair will act as spokespersons for the workgroup and communicate to interested customers the ongoing activities of the workgroup. The chair and co-chair will also be responsible for gathering relevant issues from each of the workgroup members as they develop, summarizing as well as disseminating information to the workgroup and act as facilitators for group meetings.
The workgroup will conduct as much of its business as is practical through monthly conference calls. The calls will be scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. The responsibility for arranging these calls will be rotated between workgroup members. The workgroup member responsible for arranging the monthly call will also develop an agenda for that call and summarize the minutes at the conclusion of the call. It is also anticipated that up to two national workgroup meetings per year will be necessary. When possible, these meetings will be coordinated with other previously scheduled national meetings that workgroup members are likely to attend. This will permit the workgroup to meet and communicate, as necessary, with other groups involved in underground injection control practices and issues.
To the extent that the workload before the workgroup allows, information provided to the workgroup for review will be reviewed and comments provided within a two week time frame. Workgroup comments on all issues will be sent to the workgroup chair or co-chair for summary and disseminated back to the workgroup for final review and approval. The workgroup will try to come to conclusion on an issue as soon as possible, however, this will largely be dependent upon the issue before the group (i.e., guidance vs. reg. or policy issue). Each regional/ headquarters member will be responsible for bringing any pertinent issue(s) generated within their respective region/headquarters to the attention of the workgroup chair. It will also be the responsibility of each workgroup member to act as champion for any issue they bring before the workgroup. All final work products, however, will be produced by the workgroup as a whole. The workgroup will be responsible for disseminating the final product or recommendation to headquarters, regional program managers or others as necessary.
- Promote UIC program consistency.
- Respond to directives from management on programmatic issues as well as communicate to management important issues and technical concerns.
- Provide a forum for the exchange and sharing of technical information and ideas.
- Promote sound scientific decision making and assist in providing a mechanism to enhance its development.
- Provide a mechanism for peer review.
- Demonstrate and promote the importance and value of the UIC program to the public.
- Produce and ensure the high quality of work products.
- Continue to foster the development of regional and headquarters technical expertise.
- Provide an avenue for open dialogue, education, communication and coordination, both internally within EPA and externally with states, industry, environmental organizations and the public.
- Communicate events and issues which develop in the regions and, when requested, provide information and assistance to the regions in matters regarding UIC technical and programmatic issues as well as guidance development.
- Assist in the development of future regulatory revision and technical guidance.
- Review, develop and recommend effective mechanical integrity testing alternatives.
- Develop an awareness of and educate one another about global UIC programmatic issues.
- Be proactive, anticipate issues and resolve them before they become a problem.