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DLD Environmental Services

DLD Environmental Services, Inc. (DLD), is a hazardous waste treatment and storage facility located at 331 Broad Street, Plainwell, Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD) initially licensed DLD for the management of hazardous waste at this location in 1999 and a renewal license was issued in 2012.


Jeremy Pepin

DLD accepts a variety of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes from other sites. Accepted wastes are stored and typically treated in tanks and containers before being sent off-site for disposal.  Under the current license, DLD is authorized to:

  • Store up to 148,060 gallons of hazardous waste in containers
  • Store up to 30,000 gallons of hazardous waste in tanks
  • Treat hazardous waste in containers
  • Treat hazardous waste using shredders, filter presses, and aerosol discharge and recovery units.

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.

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.

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.

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 issue any license, including a license renewal, 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 storage.

DLD submitted a hazardous waste operating license renewal and expansion application on September 21, 2022, before the September 25, 2022, expiration date of the current license. Timely submittal of the renewal application allows DLD to continue operating under the current license until EGLE takes final action on the application. EGLE, MMD, has determined that the DLD application is administratively complete and is in the process of reviewing its technical adequacy.

DLD is proposing to:

  • continue existing operations;
  • increase the facility's footprint and capacity through installation of new buildings and equipment for storing and treating hazardous and non-hazardous waste; and
  • redesign areas within currently licensed buildings.

DLD's renewal and expansion application is available electronically, and hard copies are available at the following locations:

EGLE, Lansing Headquarters
525 West Allegan Street,
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Contact: Vickie Terry

Ransom District Library
180 South Sherwood Ave
Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Contact: Joe Gross

EGLE, Kalamazoo District Office
7953 Adobe Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49009
Contact: Krista Hettich

Renewal and Expansion Application

Note: Volume 1 is broken into parts due to file size

Current DLD Operating License - Issued September 25, 2012

    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.  

    June 14, 2023, Public Meeting Slides and recording.

    Background Inspection Information

    EGLE, MMD oversees the hazardous waste operations at DLD 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.

    Stay Connected

    To be placed on the official DLD facility mailing list to receive required notifications from both EGLE and DLD, please send a written request to Jeremy Pepin, Environmental Engineer, at; or EGLE, MMD, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909‑7741.  Additionally, to receive periodic updates from EGLE on the DLD facility via email, subscribe to the DLD Environmental Services, Inc., Hazardous Waste Storage Facility list.

    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.