NEW MEXICO — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $144,554 to the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department to operate and implement its Underground Injection Control (UIC) program, according to a press release.

The UIC program helps protect underground sources of drinking water from contamination by regulating the construction and operation of injection wells, noted the release.

The grant funds will also be used to review regulations, develop program plans, inventory injection well facilities, identify aquifers and conduct enforcement activities, surveillance and investigations, stated the release.