EGLE ensures that Michigan's lands are protected by assisting in site remediation and redevelopment, and fostering the best use of Michigan's non-renewable geological resources for their social and economic benefits while protecting the environment, and public health, welfare and safety.
- Generic Cleanup Criteria Proposed Rules Revisions
Remediation includes response activities to manage and reduce risks at sites of environmental contamination. This may be achieved through activities such as initial evaluation, interim response, remedial investigation, feasibility studies, remedy construction, operation and maintenance of systems, land and resource use restrictions, and monitoring. You can access documents here that will help you understand the requirements for these activities, including links to laws, administrative rules, department forms, guides, and technical assistance documents.
- Property Owner's Guide to Restrictive Covenants (4-13-2017)
- Remediation and Redevelopment Division's Workgroups
- EGLE Consolidated Annual Report
- Incremental Sampling Methodology and Applications (February 2018)
- Department Publication Regarding Application of Target Detection Limits and Designated Analytical Methods Document List (August 2016)
- FY 2018 Superfund Legislative Report (posted 7-16-2019)
Brownfield Redevelopment Program
Financial AssistanceTechnical Assistance
Brownfield properties are those in which the redevelopment or reuse of the property may be complicated by the presence or perception of contamination. Revitalizing and redeveloping these properties protects the environment, reuses existing infrastructure, minimizes urban sprawl and creates economic opportunities. The Remediation and Redevelopment Division provides financial and technical assistance including grants, loans, tax increment financing and free site assessments to facilitate the redevelopment of brownfield properties.
Please contact 517-284-5113 or email at EGLE-Brownfields@Michigan.gov for more information and assistance. #mibrownfields
Oil & Gas
The Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is tasked with administering the statute and rules subject to Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994, PA 451, as amended (NREPA). Michigan's oil and gas regulations are designed to provide excellent protection of the environment, natural resources, public health, public safety, and property, during oil and gas development activities. To date, approximately 60,000 oil and gas related wells have been drilled within the state of Michigan. Staff of the OGMD review permit applications, monitor well drilling operations, and inspect active well sites and production facilities to ensure compliance to Michigan regulations.
- Oil and Gas Well Applications and Permits
- Underground Injection Control Primacy Application Information
- Geology in Michigan
- Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
- Electronic Data Filing
Mining in Michigan
The Department of EGLE, 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 EGLE 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.
The Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) administers Part 625, Mineral Wells, of the Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), 1994 PA 451, as amended. This statute and the promulgated rules govern aspects of well location, drilling, operation, plugging, and restoration for solution mining wells, brine production wells, certain types of disposal wells, and test wells associated with mineral exploration and extraction. Mineral resources such as metallics, limestone, salt, potash, and natural mineral brines are important to many Michigan industries.
The most fragile areas of Michigan's dunes can be protected while balancing the benefits of economic development, multiple human uses and benefits of public access and enjoyment through the protection of steep, erosive slopes, using alternative construction techniques to reduce the impacts of development on dunes, and protecting dune vegetation essential to dune preservation and stability Michigan's critical dune areas are protected. Earthmoving, vegetation removal, and construction activities within a critical dune area are regulated through a permit program.
This page can be accessed as Michigan.gov/CriticalDunes.
- Atlas of Critical Dunes - Township Maps of Critical Dune Areas
- MiWaters Site Explorer - includes Critical Dune Areas
- MiWaters Site Explorer tips
- Wetlands Map Viewer - includes interactive Critical Dune Areas
- GIS Users: CDA Shapefile - Michigan GIS Open Data Portal
- High Risk Erosion Areas: Program and Maps
- Sand Dune Mining Maps (Circular 18)
- MiWaters - an online permitting and compliance database
- EGLE/USACE Joint Permit Application
- Common Activities Requiring an Individual Permit
- Activities Not Requiring A Permit
- Critical Dune Area Permit Fees
- FAQs of a Pre-application Meeting
- FAQs of Driveways
- FAQs About Removing Sand
- FAQs of Path Maintenance near the Water's Edge
- Application Drawing: Path Maintenance near the Water's Edge
- Application Drawing: Construction on Top of a Bluff
- Application Drawing: Construction Next to Steep Slopes
- FAQs of a Special Exception Application
- Application for Special Exception in Critical Dune Areas
- Surety Bond for Sand Dunes Protection (issued 12/10/2014)
- High Risk Erosion and Critical Dune Area Permitting Staff Map
Shoreline Plants and Vegetation Assurance
- FAQs about a Vegetation Assurance
- Forest Management Guidelines - 2010
- Types of Plant Communities in a Critical Dune Area
- List of Common Native Plants in the Dunes
- Sample Vegetation Assurance Plan
- Threat to Hemlock Trees in Sand Dunes - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid
- Threat to Oak Trees in Sand Dunes - Oak Wilt
- Invasive Plants - Download the Field Guide
- MSUE - Protect Your Great Lakes Home from Wildfires