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Ford River Raisin Warehouse

Ford Motor Company (Ford) owns and operates the Ford River Raisin Warehouse (Facility) located at 3200 East Elm Avenue, Monroe, Michigan, along with two closed hazardous waste landfill cells approximately 54 acres in size.  Ford built the landfill to dispose of soil and sludges generated from the removal of on-site lagoons. Ford treated the soil and sludges from the lagoons by mixing them with stabilizing agents that react similarly to cement and bind with the hazardous components in the waste, preventing them from traveling in the environment. Ford stopped disposing of hazardous waste and closed the landfill cells in 1999. Ford has been performing postclosure maintenance and monitoring of the landfill cells since closure. Ford submitted a hazardous waste management facility postclosure operating license renewal application (Renewal Application) to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD) in May 2017. 


Christine Matlock

Overhead of the Ford River Raisin facilityThe current license, approved on November 28, 2007, specifies the postclosure obligations that need to be performed for the closed landfill cells, referenced as containment cells east and west in the license and application materials. 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.

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 rules that prescribe the standards that must be met in any postclosure operating license action taken by EGLE include, in part: personnel training, compliance inspections, preparedness and prevention, contingency planning, recordkeeping and reporting, environmental monitoring, corrective action, and financial assurance.
EGLE issues postclosure operating licenses for the management of closed hazardous waste landfills that remain effective for 10 years, in accordance with state and federal regulations. To reissue a postclosure operating license, EGLE's review must conclude:

  • The postclosure license renewal application is detailed sufficiently to evaluate the facility and its potential for impact on human health and the environment.
  • The facility satisfies all postclosure 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 postclosure license includes all necessary conditions to ensure safe and proper maintenance and monitoring of the closed hazardous waste landfill.

Ford submitted a postclosure license Renewal Application in May 2017, before the November 28, 2017, expiration date of the Facility’s current license. The timely submittal of the Renewal Application allows Ford to continue operating under the current license until final action is taken on the Renewal Application. EGLE, MMD, has determined that the Renewal Application was administratively complete in 2019 and is currently reviewing it for technical adequacy. The application is available electronically (below), and in hard copy at the following locations:

  • EGLE, MMD, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48909 (contact Vickie Terry; 517 2846546,
  • EGLE, MMD, Jackson District Office, 301 East Louis Glick Highway, Jackson, MI 49201 (contact Stevie White; 517-581-0033;  
  • Dorsch Memorial Library, 18 East First Street, Monroe, MI 48161 (contact 734-241-7878)


Public Involvement

The purpose of public involvement is to ensure that the people interested in a proposed EGLE action are aware of the proposed action and have an opportunity to provide input on the EGLE decision under review before a final decision is made. The community is encouraged to engage with EGLE throughout the application review process. Prior to EGLE making a final decision on the application, EGLE will hold a public comment period to receive formal comments from the community.

Background Information

EGLE, MMD, conducts oversight of the postclosure maintenance and monitoring activities of the closed hazardous waste landfill. This includes reviewing environmental monitoring reports that are submitted to MMD and performing an inspection of the hazardous waste landfill every three years. This inspection involves ensuring that the landfill cap is being properly maintained and monitored, reviewing records, and taking groundwater samples. The review of environmental monitoring reports and performing inspections are to ensure that Ford is properly monitoring and maintaining the closed landfill.

How to Stay Connected

If you wish to be placed on the facility mailing list to receive updates from EGLE, please contact Vickie Terry, Secretary, Hazardous Waste Section, Materials Management Division of EGLE, at; 517 284-6546; or by mail at EGLE, MMD, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909. 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 EGLE protect human health and the environment. To file a complaint or share details about improper waste handling, contact EGLE through the Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) Hotline at 800-292-4706.