Reporting Agricultural Air Quality Concerns

Agency: Environmental Quality

The most common air quality concern related to agriculture is odor. Odors associated with farm operations are not considered air pollution if the farm operation is following Generally Accepted Agriculture Management Practices (GAAMP). The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) is responsible for determining conformance with GAAMPs. In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding, the Air Quality Division often works with the MDA in resolving odor issues with farm operations.

Agriculture air quality concerns and associated contact information:

Compliant Type Business Hours (M-F, 8 AM to 5 PM) After Hours
     
Environmental Emergencies To report an environmental emergency to the DEQ, call the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) at 800‑292‑4706. To report an environmental emergency to the DEQ, call the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) at 800‑292‑4706.
     
Aerial Spraying and Crop Dusting Contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division at 517‑373‑1087. Contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division at 517‑373‑1087.
     
Odor, Noise, Fumes and/or Dust from Farm Operations Contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Right to Farm Program at 877‑632‑1783. Contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Right to Farm Program at 877‑632‑1783.
     
Insects Contact the County Health Department. Contact the County Health Department during business hours.
     
Burning or Incineration of Waste Feed, Manure, or Other Materials Contact the local DEQ District Office. To report an environmental emergency to the DEQ, call the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) at 800‑292‑4706 (within Michigan) or 517‑373‑7660 (outside of Michigan).
     
Road Dust Contact the County Road Commission. Contact the County Road Commission during business hours.
     
Biosolids - Treated Contact the local DEQ District Office. To report an environmental emergency to the DEQ, call the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) at 800‑292‑4706 (within Michigan) or 517‑373‑7660 (outside of Michigan).
     
Septage Contact the DEQ Septage Program at 517‑335‑4178. To report an environmental emergency to the DEQ, call the 24-hour Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) at 800‑292‑4706 (within Michigan) or 517‑373‑7660 (outside of Michigan).

 

* If you are experiencing health related effects, contact local emergency services and/or a physician.

 

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