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Dow Silicones Corporation Hazardous Waste Management Facility Operating License Information

Dow Silicones Corporation (Dow) operates its own hazardous waste licensed facility at its chemical manufacturing complex located at 3901 South Saginaw Road, Midland Michigan.  Dow has been licensed for its hazardous waste storage and disposal activities at the Midland plant since 1988.  Dow has been operating the chemical manufacturing complex since 1943.  Dow's license covers its hazardous waste container storage, tank storage, landfill, and on-site clean-up (corrective action) activities.

Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, and the administrative rules, and the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended, RCRA, and the corresponding regulations, identify the standards that must be met when handling hazardous waste management, from generation to disposal.  These regulations specify how the facility must operate to protect human health and the environment.  They also identify the authorities EGLE has in licensing and overseeing hazardous waste operations.

Contact

Dan Dailey
DaileyD@Michigan.gov
517-242-7261

License and Renewal Information

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) are highly regulated, highly engineered facilities, with extensive design and oversight requirements.  The hazardous waste regulations that prescribe the standards that must be met in any license action taken by EGLE include, in part: waste analysis, personnel training, compliance inspections, preparedness and prevention, contingency and closure planning, recordkeeping and reporting, engineering, management of waste, environmental monitoring, corrective action, financial assurance, and air emission standards.

EGLE, MMD issues operating licenses for the management of hazardous waste, that remain effective for 10 years as provided under the state and federal regulations.  The license renewal process gives EGLE an opportunity to update facility information, review operations, and improve the license by clarify license requirements that enhances the protections included in the license.  To reissue a license, EGLE's review must conclude:  

  • The license renewal application is sufficiently detailed to evaluate the facility and its potential for impact on human health and the environment.
  • The facility satisfies all technical design, construction, and operating standards under governing regulations.
  • The facility does not present a hazard to human health or the environment, as determined by EGLE inspections and compliance with applicable environmental regulations.
  • The license includes all necessary conditions to ensure safe and proper waste treatment, storage and disposal.

Dow submitted a hazardous waste operating license renewal application on March 25, 2022, before the September 21, 2022, expiration date of the current license.  Timely submittal of the renewal application allows Dow to continue operating under the current license until EGLE takes final action on the renewal application.  The application is currently being reviewed for administrative completeness and technical adequacy.  The application and license are available electronically below, and can also be viewed by appointment at the following locations:

EGLE, Lansing Headquarters

525 West Allegan Street, Lansing, Michigan

Contact: Ms. Vickie Terry
517-284-6546

EGLE, Bay City District Office

401 Ketchum Street, Suite B, Bay City, Michigan
Contact: Ms. Sherri Howell 989-894-6200

Completeness Review Information

License Renewal Application Forms – Received March 25, 2022
 
 
Application Form Attachment Templates
 

Current Dow Silicones License - Issued September 21, 2012

License Attachments

Public Involvement

The purpose of public involvement is to ensure that the people interested in a proposed EGLE action are aware of the license review and have an opportunity to provide input on the renewal application before EGLE reaches a final decision to approve or deny the application.  The community is encouraged to engage with EGLE throughout the application review process.  Prior to making a final decision, EGLE will host a formal public hearing to receive formal comments from the community.  

Background Inspection Information

EGLE, MMD oversees the hazardous waste operations at Dow by conducting at least four inspections annually.  Inspections are typically unannounced and are performed to verify the facility is operating in a manner that meets the license requirements.  Although the United States Environmental Protection Agency does not permit nor license the facility hazardous waste operations, they may also conduct inspections to verify compliance with pertinent regulations. EGLE's Water Resources Division has separate oversight authority and conducts extensive monitoring of Dow's discharges to the sanitary sewer system.

  
Learn what is a hazardous waste under Michigan’s environmental laws, how it has to be handled,  and what laws apply to hazardous waste generated by businesses in Michigan.  Michigan has very strict regulation for hazardous waste generators, transporters, and treatment, storage, and disposal facilities to ensure hazardous waste is handled safety in a manner that protects us and our environment.

EGLE Classroom - Hazardous Waste 101

Learn what is a hazardous waste under Michigan’s environmental laws, how it has to be handled, and what laws apply to hazardous waste generated by businesses in Michigan.

Stay Connected

Subscribe to the Dow mailing list to receive updates from EGLE related to the Dow license and corrective action activities. You are the eyes and ears of your community. Through your observations and reporting of activities of concern, you play a valuable role in helping the EGLE protect human health and the environment. To file a complaint or share details about improper waste handling or disposal, contact EGLE through the Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) Hotline at 800-292-4706