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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 by 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.


Christine Matlock

Overhead of the Ford River Raisin facilityThe current license, approved on September 30, 2022, 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 Public Involvement 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 ten years, with a review at five 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.

Issuance of License

After approving the License application for completeness and technical adequacy, EGLE conducted a public comment period for the draft License from August 15, 2022, to September 28, 2022. No comments were received during the public comment period. Following the completion of the public comment period, EGLE issued the License on September 30, 2022. All documents related to the final decision of the License are 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)


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.