Status of Generator Improvements Rule in Michigan

Contact: Ronda Blayer 517-284-6555
Agency: Environmental Quality

On November 28, 2016, the Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) was published in 81 Federal Register 85732.  These revisions were promulgated under the authority of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976.  As such, they do not take effect in Michigan, a federally authorized state, until the rules are promulgated at the state level.  States are required to adopt any revisions that are more stringent than the existing federal program.  Less stringent revisions are optional in terms of adoption by authorized states.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has initiated the rulemaking process for inclusion of the GIR in the administrative rules promulgated pursuant to Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, with the internal and Hazardous Waste Management Program Short List review processes already completed.  The rules are currently under review by the state’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention.  There will be an opportunity for public comment consistent with the past rule packages.  It is anticipated that the public hearing will be held in February 2019.  The goal is to have the revisions in place in the summer of 2019.  If you are interested in being placed on a mailing list for information regarding this rulemaking effort, please see:  https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDEQ/subscriber/new.