DEQ FOIA InformationThe Michigan Freedom of Information Act, Public Act 442 of 1976, as amended (FOIA) regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all public bodies.
Link for the Attorney General's FOIA and Open Meetings Act Website: http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-20988_18160---,00.html
Do I need to submit a FOIA?
Maybe not. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) provides online access to several databases that may contain the information you need.
DEQ Site Registry - The DEQ Site Registry is a geographically-based database that presents information about facilities and locations of interest to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the environmental community. This site contains general site information on active and closed facilities and the environmental interests at the site. Facilities and compliance data from additional MDEQ databases will be added as resources become available. It can be utilized to determine if more than one division/program has an environmental interest in a particular facility. Links to GIS (Michigan's Center for Geographic Information) allows facilities to be geographically searched and mapped.
The database currently contains site information from Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) - OEA, NMS - Water Resources Division (WRD), Emission Reporting - Air Quality, WDS - Resource Management Division (RMD), Complaints Database - (WRD), and MIR - Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, and compliance information from RMD, Complaints Database, MIR, and NMS.
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How do I submit a FOIA?
To request information from the DEQ under the FOIA, please mail or e-mail your written request to the DEQ FOIA Coordinator at the address below. We have provided this attachment. To use the FOIA form provided, open and fill out the form, click on file-save and send-send using e-mail-send as attachment and type in firstname.lastname@example.org in the to: field.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 30457
Lansing, MI 48909-7957
Please provide as much detail as possible about the information you are seeking, including the street address, city and county of the facility;or property. Include your name, mailing, address, fax number, e-mail address, and daytime telephone number.
Will I be charged for information requested under FOIA?
A public body may charge a fee for the necessary copying of a public record for inspection or providing a copy of a public record to a requester.A public body may also charge for search, examination, and review and the separation of exempt from nonexempt information in those instances where failure to charge a fee would result in unreasonably high costs to the public body. If you need an estimate of the cost of fulfilling your request BEFORE we take action to fill it, please indicate that in your request.
How long will it take to receive information requested under FOIA?
After receiving a request for a public record, a public body has five (5) business days to respond. The public body may also extend the time by 10 business days by notifying the requestor in writing thereby making the due date 15 business days from the date of receipt of the request.
Air Quality Division information:
Please note that FOIA requests for Southeast Michigan (SEMI) District Wayne County sources/sites, Air Quality Division files are located in the DEQ Detroit Office located at Cadillac Place, 3058 W. Grand Boulevard, Suite 2-300, Detroit, Michigan. If a file review is requested/required for Wayne County sources/sites, a separate trip to the Detroit Office may be needed to complete your review. The FOIA liaison for the Air Quality Division, SEMI District, splits her time between both the Warren and Detroit Offices and appointments are available when she is in the office. Please keep this in mind when you are planning your timeline for your project deadline.
Waiver of Fee:
The FOIA Coordinator will issue a fee waiver for the first $20.00 of the fee for each request to an individual who submits an affidavit stating that the individual is receiving public assistance or stating facts showing inability to pay the cost because of indigence.
Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank (AST/UST) Regulatory Programs
Effective December 2, 2012, the Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank (AST/UST) regulatory programs were transferred from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (DLARA). The Leaking Underground Storage Tank program remains in the DEQ.
All FOIA requests related to the AST/UST regulatory programs, should be submitted directly to DLARA at the link below:
Jim Lucas, AST/UST FOIA Coordinator
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Bureau of Fire Services
P.O. Box 30700
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Guide to DEQ Divisions and Offices – Updated April 7, 2014
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) protects Michigan’s environment and public health. As stewards of Michigan’s environment, the DEQ works on behalf of the people of the Great Lakes state for an improved quality of life and a sustainable future. In service to the public, the DEQ administers programs that promote the appropriate use of, limit the adverse effects on, and restore the quality of the environment. Through its many public/private partnerships, the DEQ encourages innovative and voluntary actions that will enhance our natural resources and the environment.
Administration Division: The Administration Division has the responsibility for department-wide budget development and monitoring, financial management, federal grants management, field operations support in district offices, facilities management, and coordination of information technology support. The Division coordinates all aspects of developing the annual Governor’s budget for the DEQ, serving as the primary liaison with the department’s divisions and offices, the State Budget Office, and the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees. Contact the Administration Division at 517-284-5004.
Air Quality Division: The Air Quality Division (AQD) works with business and industry air pollution sources and with the general public to help maintain compliance with statutes that minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Staff work to identify and reduce existing outdoor air pollution problems and to prevent significant deterioration of the air quality through air emission control programs, air monitoring, control strategy planning, permit issuance, and inspection of air emission sources. Contact the Air Quality Division at 517-284-6811.
Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance: The Resource Management Group (RMG), Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance (ODWMA), is responsible for program areas that deal with drinking water, environmental health, operator certification and training, campgrounds, swimming pools, and on-site wastewater. Contact the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance at 517-284-6551.
Office of Environmental Assistance: The Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) implements a number of programs that promote environmental stewardship and enhance customer service related to all programs administered by the DEQ. The primary services provided by the OEA are compliance assistance, pollution prevention, environmental education, permit coordination, financial assistance, incentive programs, Freedom of Information Act coordination, training, and outreach. Additionally, the OEA manages metrics, process improvement, and professional development initiatives for the DEQ. Contact the Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278 and the Office of Environmental Assistance at 517-284-6852.
Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals: The RMG, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals (OOGM), is responsible for assuring the efficient and orderly development of fossil fuel and mineral resources while protecting the environment, property, and public health and safety. The OOGM oversees the locating, drilling, operating, and plugging of wells used for exploration and production of oil, gas, brine, and other minerals, including wells for underground storage and waste disposal. The OOGM regulates the operation and reclamation of mines for metallic minerals, industrial sand, and coal. The OOGM also compiles data on fossil fuels and minerals for industry and public use. Contact the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals at 517-284-6823.
Office of the Great Lakes: The Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1985 under the Great Lakes Protection Act to lead policy development and implement programs to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes ecosystem. The OGL collaborates with partners to support sustainable use of coastal resources, coordinate restoration of severely degraded areas, manage water quality and quantity, prevent aquatic invasive species, and engage in emerging issues. The OGL is responsible for Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC) and Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP) programs. These programs ensure continued efforts towards delisting of Michigan’s Great Lakes AOC and coordination of restoration and protection activities for all the Great Lakes within Michigan. The OGL is also responsible for Michigan’s Coastal Management Program (CMP) developed under the federal Coastal Zone Management Act and approved in 1978. The CMP assists organizations in protecting and enhancing their coastal areas and funds coastal management studies to support the economic, environmental, and social health of coastal communities. The OGL works with the Governor, state and federal legislators, the DEQ, and other state agencies to ensure a healthy environment, strong economy, and high quality of life for the people of Michigan. The OGL Director also represents the state in a number of international and interstate organizations, including the Asian Carp Coordinating Committee, Great Lakes Commission, International Joint Commission, and Council of Great Lakes Governors. Contact the Office of the Great Lakes at 517-284-5035.
Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection: The RMG, Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection (OWMRP),is responsible for program areas that deal with solid, liquid, medical and hazardous waste; hazardous products; radioactive materials. Contact the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection at 517-284-6857.
Remediation and Redevelopment Division: The Remediation and Redevelopment Division administers programs that facilitate the cleanup and redevelopment of sites of environmental contamination (soil, groundwater) statewide, providing for a cleaner, safer, and more productive environment. The division is additionally responsible for regulatory oversight of aboveground and underground storage tanks. Four statutes and corresponding administrative rules guide the division in this endeavor, specifically: Part 201 (Environmental Remediation), Part 213 (Leaking Underground Storage Tanks), and portions of Part 215 (Refined Petroleum Fund) of the state’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA); and portions of the federal Superfund Program, established under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). In addition, the division coordinates DEQ implementation of the Brownfield Redevelopment Financing Act, 1996 PA 381, as amended. Act 381 provides a method to finance environmental response activities at brownfield sites through tax increment financing. Contact the Remediation and Redevelopment Division at 517-284-5087.
Resource Management Group: The Resource Management Group (RMG) consists of the Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance, Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, and the Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection. For further information, please review the description under each office.
Water Resources Division: The Water Resources Division (WRD) was established in 2010 with the combining of the former Water Bureau and Land and Water Management Division. The water quality side establishes water quality standards; assesses water quality, issues permits to regulate the discharge of industrial and municipal wastewaters, and is responsible for wastewater collection and treatment facilities; and monitors state water resources for water quality, the quantity and quality of aquatic habitat, the health of aquatic communities, and compliance with state laws. The WRD also provides oversight to local soil erosion and sedimentation control programs. The water resources side administers a variety of programs that help protect sensitive natural resources, including inland lakes and streams, wetlands, floodplains, sand dunes, and the Great Lakes. The WRD is responsible for promoting the best use of these resources for their social and economic benefits while protecting associated resource values, property rights, the environment, and public health and safety. The WRD provides technical assistance and regulatory oversight over activities such as dredging or filling wetlands, streams, inland lakes, and the Great Lakes; constructing or dismantling dams; constructing marinas, seawalls, or docks; building in a designated critical sand dune, wetland, or floodplain; and protecting underwater shipwreck resources. Contact the Water Resources Division at 517-284-5567.
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