Mining in Michigan
The DEQ Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) regulates several mining industries in Michigan including, metallic mining, native copper mining, sand dune mining, and coal mining. The OGMD enforces regulations which address issues such as transportation, storage, treatment, and disposal of ore, waste rock, and plans for mining and reclamation. The mining industries are also regulated by other environmental statutes and divisions within the DEQ such as Air Quality Division and Water Resources Division..
There are also several other important mineral commodities such as gypsum, dimension stone, limestone, and aggregate (gravel pits) that are mined in Michigan but are not regulated by the OGMD. These industries, although not requiring a mining permit from the OGMD, may be subject to federal, state, or local air, water, or land use permits.