Governing Law and Regulations
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Bureau Permits Section Groundwater Permits Unit
Local health departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Michigan requires a groundwater permit for any discharge of pollutants into groundwater. For information concerning the regulation of discharges of pollutants to surface waters of the state, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.
The state has adopted the federal groundwater monitoring regulations; however, the state has established some additional monitoring rules for hazardous waste facilities. Unlike the federal rules, DEQ requires groundwater monitoring for all hazardous waste sites, including containers and tanks, unless they are inside a building.
• Administration and enforcement. DEQ administers and enforces the groundwater monitoring rules in Michigan. Local health departments may be ...