• EPA Agrees with WDEQ Analysis Regarding Aquifer Exemption
  • October 27, 2014
  • Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP - Denver Office
  • EPA recently approved WDEQ’s aquifer exemption request associated with Linc Energy’s coal gasification pilot project in Campbell County. WDEQ’s Land Quality Division approved a research and development license for Linc Energy’s project in 2013. Part of the license requires an aquifer exemption by EPA. EPA determined that Linc Energy’s exemption request meets the regulatory requirements.

    “I’m pleased that EPA’s scientists arrived at the same conclusions that we did,” said Kevin Frederick, Water Quality Administrator. “Namely, that the portions of the Wyodak aquifer associated with the project met the federal requirements for exemption because it doesn’t serve as a source of drinking water and the coal is expected to be commercially producible.”

    Todd Parfitt, DEQ Director, was also happy to see both EPA and WDEQ agreed that Linc Energy’s project warranted an aquifer exemption. “It’s encouraging to see that the EPA and DEQ, after conducting independent reviews of the scientific information and public comments, have come to the same conclusions. EPA and DEQ both agree that the proposed aquifer exemption will meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act.”