Michigan Financial Responsibility regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Financial Responsibility: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund: Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 324.21501 to 324.21563

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Hazardous waste transporters: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 299.9711 and MCL 29.473

Solid waste landfills: MAC r. 299.4922, MCL 324.11525, and MCL 324.11525a

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs): MAC r. 299.9702 to 299.9710

USTs: MAC r. 29.2161 to 29.2174

Wetlands permit: MAC r. 281.925

Regulatory Agencies

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Bureau of Fire Services Storage Tank Division

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan follows the federal financial responsibility standards, with additional requirements for hazardous waste transporters; solid waste landfills; underground storage tanks (USTs); wetlands permits; and hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs).

Refer to the Table in this section for a summary of state financial responsibility requirements.

Administration and enforcement. Generally, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) administers and enforces the state's financial responsibility rules. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the UST rules in Michigan. However, the DEQ also manages the UST Cleanup Fund through the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA).

State Requirements


In Michigan, there are several financial assurance mechanisms that owners or operators may use alone, or in ...

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