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For years, various environmental groups and government agencies have either supported or rejected the notion of pumping carbon dioxide (CO2) gases underground in a variety of locales throughout the world.
Each of the groups and agencies that have supported such an idea believe that, since the gases can be pumped from emissions of power plants, which are located underground, where all CO2 becomes trapped, pumping causes no harm to our environment, nor does it endanger the health of human beings.
As for those who oppose such pumping? They believe that it truly does more harm than good, as it will ultimately ruin the condition of our earth's groundwater, leading it to become utterly useless for future generations.
Therefore, one question continues to linger among government agencies, environmental groups and various individuals - to pump...or not to pump CO2?
It seems that the EPA has already developed an answer to this question though.
The EPA recently announced the completion of a Federal Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class VI Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells. As a result, all states and individuals who either own or operate CO2 GS wells will now need to submit permit applications to the EPA.
In doing so, they will be issued a permit so that they can legally own or use such wells; until then, they are not allowed to own or operate CO2 GS wells.
The program has been effective since Sept. 7, 2011. For further information, please visit this link.