Land or Resource Use Restrictions

  • This photo illustrates the construction of an asphalt barrier (engineering control) to prevent unacceptable exposures to contaminated soil beneath it.

    The Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, regulates sites of environmental contamination in Michigan. This law includes many “Parts” related to protecting human health and managing contaminated sites. The Remediation and Redevelopment Division administers two of these parts (or programs): Part 201, Environmental Remediation (Part 201) and Part 213, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (Part 213).

    Michigan’s environmental remediation program authorizes the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to set cleanup standards by considering how the contaminated land will be used in the future. Michigan’s cleanup standards are risk-based and reflect the potential for human health or ecological risks from exposure to hazardous or regulated substances at contaminated sites. A person may use land use or resource use restrictions, as outlined in Part 201 and Part 213, to manage risk by reducing or restricting exposure to environmental contamination left in-place at a property.

    This web page provides a description and example model templates for many land use or resource use restrictions available for use under Part 201 and Part 213.