Michigan Used Oil Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Used Oil Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Used Oil Recycling: Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 324.16701 to 324.16705

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Used oil management rules: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 299.11003(1)(x) and MAC r. 299.9809 to 299.9816

Definitions of used oil terms: MAC r. 299.9109

Status as a liquid industrial by-product:

Definition of liquid industrial by-product: MCL 324.12101(n)

Exemption: MCL 324.12102a(b)

Management of liquid industrial by-products: MCL 324.12101 to 12117

Mixtures of used oil and hazardous waste: MAC r. 299.9809

Storage: MAC r. 299.9812(5), MAC r. 299.9813(5), and MAC r. 299.9814(6)

Disposal prohibitions: MCL 324.16704

Regulatory Agency

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan has adopted by reference the federal used oil management standards. The federal management standards cover all segments of the used oil recycling system and apply to generators, transporters, marketers, processors, and burners of used oil. Michigan has added several more stringent provisions in connection with the storage and mixing of used oil and hazardous wastes and is explicit as to disposal prohibitions and penalties.

Michigan has also enacted used oil recycling laws that establish disposal prohibitions and penalties. In addition, the state classifies used oil that is to be recycled (and that is not hazardous waste) as a liquid industrial by-product when it is accumulated, stored, or treated. Consequently, used oil handlers must comply with a few of the state regulations for liquid industrial by-products.

Administration and enforcement.

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