Governing Law and Regulations
Michigan Department of Environmental Protection (DEQ) Environmental Response Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Michigan has no specific property transfer law that requires the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to certify the condition of property before a real estate transfer may take place. However, Michigan does have property transfer disclosure laws that cover sites that have contamination present above standards, where hazardous waste was treated stored or disposed of or where a regulated underground storage tank is present. These disclosure rules apply to both commercial and residential land uses.
• Administration and enforcement. The DEQ administers and enforces the property transfer and remediation requirements in Michigan.
For more information on contaminated sites, see the state section SUPERFUND. In addition to this section, management of older, abandoned commercial sites is discussed in the state section BROWNFIELDS. For information on transfer of sites that actively manage hazardous wastes, see the state sections RCRA and CLOSURE AND POST CLOSURE PLANS.
Any site that has an active water or air discharge permit will typically require DEQ notification that an ownership change ...