Michigan Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste rules: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 299.9101 to 299.11107

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Hazardous waste management law: Michigan Compiled Laws 324.11101 et seq.

Regulatory Agencies

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Resource Management Division Hazardous Waste Section Hazardous and Liquid Industrial Waste Management Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's rules apply to hazardous waste generators; transporters; owners and operators of treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs); handlers of universal wastes; and handlers of used oil.

In addition, Michigan regulates and lists more substances as hazardous wastes than under the federal rules. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. Michigan has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEQ's Hazardous Waste Section to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's hazardous waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules. To maintain federal authorization, the DEQ must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules or adopt more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments to ...


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