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Preliminary evaluation of the Highland Rim aquifer system in Tennessee for receiving injected wastes

January 1, 1994

The EPA has authority under the Safe Drinking Water Act to protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination by deep well injection. An aquifer, however, may be exempted from protection and used for injected wastes where the aquifer meets criteria established in the Agency 's Underground Injection Control program. The Highland Rim aquifer system in Tennessee consists of Mississippian age carbonate rocks and occurs from the Valley and Ridge of East Tennessee to west of the Tennessee River. This aquifer contains potable water and is an important source of drinking water for municipal and domestic supplies on the Highland Rim. The Highland Rim aquifer system under parts of the Cumberland Plateau is not currently used as a source of drinking water and is not expected to be used in the future. These areas meet parts of the EPA 's Underground Injection Control criteria for exempting aquifers to receive injected waste. (Author 's abstract)

Citation Information

Publication Year 1986
Title Preliminary evaluation of the Highland Rim aquifer system in Tennessee for receiving injected wastes
DOI 10.3133/wri854252
Authors M. W. Bradley
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series Number 85-4252
Index ID wri854252
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse