Typical Requirement for Uic Permit Applications

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Permit applications for a Class V Bore hole include:

A. Review within % mile of the site

B. Topographic map within 1 mile radius of the site

C. Well data reasonably available from public records

D./E. Geologic maps of the immediate area - available from USGS & this document

F. Operating data for the heat pumps

G./H./I. Simulation of Heat pump operation including estimated injection

J./K. Description of Boring construction procedures and details L. Description of proposed monitoring program

M. Description of Abandonment Plans

N./O.P. Description of Well drillers business and financial stability

Note - the above permit information is identical and similar to the DMR requirements (above), with concurrence of the DMR or EPA, the driller should request forwarding of copied information in lieu of submittal of actual additional forms.


While there are presently no formal regulations for the installation, type antifreeze or other attributes of the closed loop earth coupling method. The International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSPHA) have complete installation specifications for the closed loop type of earth coupling.1

Additionally New York State has issued some guidelines for this type system2. These guidelines are:

1. Food grade propylene glycol (20%) is approved and recommended for use in a closed loop application.

2. Use of heat pumps with R-22 or other refrigerant with lesser ozone depletion potential, see section 7 of this manual

3. Unlimited automated heat exchange fluid makeup systems may not be used unless equipped with back flow devices and cumulative flow meters which shut down the closed loop system if more than five (5) per cent of the system's volume is exceeded.

4. Testing prior to loop burial:

Pressure test for one hour at 100 psig

After burial and prior to heat pump operation

Anytime thereafter when system fluid is added, re-pressurized or other wise opened

5. Anytime the heat exchange fluid is added to an atmospheric reservoir system or a pre-pressurized system is re-pressurized - then entire buried system must be retested at 100 psi for a minimum of one hour. If the buried system fails this or other pressure test(s);, the complete system must be repaired and completely tested.

6. If the closed loop system is to be abandoned, it must be completely filled with a bacteria free bentonite grout slurry and heat fusion sealed at all openings.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contacts for NY City

US EPA, Region 2

Division of Enforcement & Compliance Assistance

Water Compliance Branch

290 Broadway

New York, NY 10007-1866

Robert Ferri, Geologist

tel 212 637 4227

[email protected]

Charles J. Hillenbrand, Geologist

tel 212 637 4232/fax 212 637 4211

[email protected]

1 IGSPHA Closed Loop Specification

2 NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation, Paul Kolakowski, January 29, 1993

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