EPA’s budget, approved by Congress last week, increases investment in the agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. A joint statement accompanying the budget specifies that $5 million is available for EPA to develop expertise and capacity in the UIC Class VI well program, and these dollars should be used to process eligible permit and state primacy applications. Class VI UIC permits are a necessary component to carbon capture and storage, but EPA’s existing Class VI staffing levels are relatively small, and additional staffing should help that program scale up to meet the increased demand on agency resources already hitting the agency.