Michigan Characteristic Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Characteristic Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste characteristics: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC), Rules of the Department of Natural Resources r. 299.9208 and MAC r. 299.9212

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Severe toxicity: MAC r. 299.9208 and MAC r. 299.9212

Severe toxicity table: MAC r. 299.9219, Table 202

Regulatory Agency

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection Hazardous Waste Section

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan's regulations defining characteristic waste are the same as the federal. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has additional rules that identify a fifth hazardous waste characteristic called "severe toxicity."

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection administers and enforces the rules for characteristic hazardous waste in Michigan.

State Requirements


MAC r 299.9208 and MAC r. 299.9212

Along with the characteristics of ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, and toxicity (as identified in the federal regulations), DNRE identifies the characteristic of severe toxicity (MAC r. 299.9212 (5)).

A waste exhibits the characteristic of severe toxicity if it contains 1 part per million or more of a severely toxic substance listed in MAC r. 299.9219, Table 202.



MAC r. 299.9219

Michigan lists the following wastes as severely toxic:

Michigan HazardousWaste Number Substance
001S Aflatoxin
002S 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
003S 1,2,3,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
004S 1,2,3,4,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
005S 1,2,3,6,7,8-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin
006S 1,2,3,7,8,9-Hexachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin

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