Hazardous Waste Laws and Regulations that Apply to this ActionAgency: Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
The hazardous waste laws and supporting regulations provide enforceable standards for the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. They also require tracking of hazardous waste from the generator and transporter to the disposal facility to ensure proper management and disposal that is protective of health, safety and our environment. To maintain the quality of our groundwater, most hazardous waste must be treated prior to being disposed of in a licensed landfill.
Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities are highly regulated, highly engineered facilities with extensive oversight and design requirements. The hazardous waste regulations that prescribe the standards that must be met in any license action taken by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality include:
- Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, and its administrative rules.
- The corresponding federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA), and its rules.