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The Groundwater Branch administers and provides technical support for regulatory programs related to groundwater protection or cleanup. This Branch directly administers the Underground Storage Tank, (UST), Program and the Underground Injection Control, (UIC), Program. Geologists within the Groundwater Branch provide technical support to the Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste and Superfund and Brownfields Programs. Any incident of contamination of groundwater that does not fall within one of the programs above, is dealt with under the authority of the Alabama Water Pollution Control Act. This statute provides the legal basis to require investigation and cleanup where groundwater has been contaminated. Groundwater Branch staff also respond to citizen complaints and concerns regarding groundwater.

Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Program

The UST Program consists of a prevention program (the UST Compliance Program) and a cleanup program (the UST Corrective Action Program). These two groups administer the UST regulatory program to help prevent releases and to require the cleanup of pollution caused by releases from underground storage tanks. The program also administers the Alabama Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank trust Fund which provides financial assistance for both aboveground and underground storage tank owners who comply with the regulatory requirements to clean up pollution from tanks that have had releases.

Draft UST Forms
Draft Form 19 - Annual Walkthrough Inspection Checklist
Draft Form 20 - 3 Year Spill Prevention Equipment Test (Spill Bucket)
Draft Form 279 - UST Notification Form
Draft Form 283 - AST Notification Form
Draft Form 326 - Annual Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) Summary Report
Draft Form 414 - Monthly Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) Report
Draft Form 423 - Notice of Proposed UST System New Installation or Modification
Draft Form 460 - Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) 7 Day Release Investigation Report
Draft Form 477 - Line Tightness Test Report
Draft Form 485 - Line Tightness Test (Vacuum) Report
Draft Form 551 - Automatic Line Leak Detector (ALLD) Test Report
Draft Form D1 - 3 Year Containment Sump Integrity Test (Low Level Method)
Draft Form D2 - 3 Year Containment Sump Integrity Test
Draft Form D4 - 30 Day Walkthrough Inspection Checklist
Draft Form D5 - 3 Year Overfill Prevention Equipment Inspection Report
Draft Form D6 - Annual Probe and Sensor Test Report
Draft Form D7 - Annual Release Detection Equipment Testing
Draft Form D8 - Compatibility Demonstration Log
Draft Form D9 - Manual Tank Gauging Monthly Log
Draft UST EPG Release Detection Guidance
Draft UST General Outreach
Draft UST Low Level Sump Test Guidance

Electronic Payments for UST Fees

2017 Public Record Summary Report on USTs

UST Operator Training

List of Approved Operator Training Providers

SIR Vendors

Certified Tank Tightness Testers

Certified CP Testers

Certified UST Installer, Repairs, & Closure Contractors

New ADEM Regulations for UST Systems

UST Compliance Information

UST Inspectors

UST Compliance Database
UST Owners
UST Facilities
File Key
UST Corrective Action

Alabama Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Trust Fund

The Alabama Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Trust Fund is a fund to reimburse eligible tank owners and operators for costs associated with the assessment and remediation of eligible releases from underground and aboveground storage tanks. For many tank owners and operators throughout the State of Alabama, the Trust Fund serves as the required financial responsibility mechanism.

Tank Trust Fund Information

Alabama Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Trust Fund Unit Rate CP/PR Additions and Modifications, February 2016

Alabama Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank Trust Fund Development/Purge Water Handling Rate Unit, February 2016

Aboveground Storage Tank Trust Fund Eligibility Requirements

Alabama Tank Trust Fund Reimbursement and Reasonable Rate Guidance March 2013

Alabama Tank Trust Fund Forms 31 and 32 October 2017 m1

Current and Future Revisions to Trust Fund Guidance - Memo (July 16, 2015)

Current and Future Revisions to Trust Fund Guidance - Memo (January 6, 2016)

Alabama Tank Trust Fund (ATTF) Contractors Payment Request Status

Alabama Tank Trust Fund Contractors
Names, addresses and phone numbers of consultants who are approved to work as approved response action contractors under the Alabama Tank Trust Fund as of December 1, 2017.

Instructions for the Preparation and Submittal of Technical Proposals for Qualification as an Alabama Tank Trust Fund Response Action Contractor - FY2018, December 2017 Announcement
Revised Alabama Tank Trust Fund Maximum Allowable Labor Rates effective January 1, 2013

Alabama Tank Trust Fund Mileage Rate - January 1, 2016

Alabama Tank Trust Fund Mileage Rate - January 1, 2017

Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program

ADEM UIC Class V Well Permit Application Requirements Guidance

Within the past few decades, the realization that subsurface injection could contaminate ground water has prompted many states to develop programs and methods to protect underground sources of useable water. Additionally, to increase ground water protection, a federal Underground Injection Control (UIC) program was established under the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974. This federal program establishes minimum requirements for effective state UIC programs. Alabama has EPA's approval to run the UIC program in the state. Since ground water is a major source of drinking water in Alabama, the UIC program requirements were designed to prevent contamination of Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW) resulting from the operation of injection wells.

What is An Underground Injection Well?
Most of the injection wells regulated by ADEM, are designed much like the gravity flow field lines used to dispose of domestic wastewater from a home. Common uses are for treated discharges from small car washes and laundromats that are located in an area where a public sewer system is not available. There are also treated discharges from small wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential areas, and discharges of treated groundwater from systems designed to cleanup groundwater contamination.

When properly sited, constructed, and operated, injection wells can be an effective and environmentally safe means of fluid waste disposal. There are many different types of injection wells, but they are all similar in their basic function. The federal and Alabama UIC program has grouped injection wells into five categories:

Class I Wells - Injection of pollutants below an USDW. These wells are prohibited by regulation in Alabama

Class II Wells - Injection of wastes from oil & gas productions. The Alabama Oil & Gas Board regulates these types of wells.

Class III Wells - Solution mining of certain minerals. Alabama currently regulates one facility with this type of well. Fresh water is injected to dissolve minerals, such as salt, and the salt solution is used as a raw material in a manufacturing process.

Class IV Wells - Injection of Hazardous Waste above an USDW. These wells are banned nationally by Federal regulations. If any are found, they are required to be closed.

Class V Wells - All other types of wells not regulated as a Class I, II, III or IV well. These make up about 90 % of permitted injection wells in Alabama.

Hydrogeology Unit

The Hydrogeology Section of the Groundwater Branch provides hydrogeologic expertise and project management for the State Groundwater Protection Program. This program addresses a broad spectrum of contaminants not regulated by other authorized programs within the agency. Examples include petroleum hydrocarbons not related to underground storage tanks and chemical releases not regulated as hazardous wastes under RCRA. The Hydrogeology Section also provides hydrogeological, (groundwater related), services to other groups within the Department, other State agencies, government, and the public. Complaints received from the public regarding contamination of ground water are assigned to project managers in this Unit if they do not fall within any of the regulatory programs mentioned above.

Contact Information

Attn: Groundwater Branch
Post Office Box 301463
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-1463
(334) 270-5655
(334) 270-5631 Fax