U.S. Ecology Detroit North hazardous waste relicensing, expansion approved

Jan. 30, 2020
EGLE Media Office, EGLE-Assist@Michigan.gov, 517-284-9278
Richard Conforti, Supervisor, Materials Management Division, ConfortiR@Michigan.gov, 517-284-6558 

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) today announced approval of a hazardous waste renewal and expansion operating license for U.S. Ecology, Inc.’s Detroit North facility under Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environment Protection Act of 1994.

In approving the license, EGLE determined that U.S. Ecology’s facility satisfied all technical design, construction, and operating standards as set forth in Michigan Administrative Code Rule R 299.9101 and federal law. The operating license has been developed to protect public health and the environment by minimizing the risks associated with the hazardous wastes being stored and treated at the facility.

EGLE’s renewal decision comes after a long application review process, which included enhanced public participation and engagement. EGLE intends to continue this process, which resulted in significant changes to the final operating license. Comments and observations from the local community clarified concerns of people near the facility and provided an opportunity to address the concerns to the best of EGLE’s ability under state and federal law.

Based upon the comments, EGLE added conditions to the license including limiting the number of hazardous waste vehicle deliveries to 45 per day, designating a specific truck route to and from the facility, and providing an updated waste analysis plan.

Also in response to public comments and concerns, EGLE has posted an Environmental Report Card on the U.S. Ecology Detroit North Hazardous Waste Licensing Information webpage where stakeholders can monitor facility emissions, including effluent and ambient air.

Key documents developed during the public participation process were translated into Arabic and Bengali to engage all community members and are posted on the U.S. Ecology Detroit North webpage.

EGLE’s license allows the company to operate its storage and treatment facility on Georgia Street for the next 10 years, before seeking a renewal. The renewal date is Jan. 29, 2030, with a reapplication date of Aug. 2, 2029.

For more information, including a copy of the license, responsiveness summary, and fact sheet, visit the U.S Ecology Detroit North webpage.