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Granger Grand River Landfill

Granger Grand River Landfill (Granger) is a closed hazardous waste landfill located at 8550 West Grand River Highway in Grand Ledge, Michigan.  The Granger facility is a 60-acre landfill that accepted hazardous waste until 1983.  The landfill was closed in 1985 and has been in postclosure maintenance and monitoring since closure.  Granger submitted a Hazardous Waste Management Facility Postclosure Operating License (Postclosure License) renewal application to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD) on December 30, 2021.  

The current license, approved on January 25, 2012, specifies the postclosure obligations that need to be performed at the facility.  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 provide enforceable standards for all levels of hazardous waste management, from generation to disposal, and specify how the facility must operate to protect human health and the environment.  They also identify the authorities that EGLE has in licensing and overseeing facility hazardous waste operations.
 

Contact

Christine Matlock
MatlockC2@Michigan.gov
517-290-4612

An overhead view of the Granger Landfill parcel

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.  

Granger submitted a Postclosure License renewal application on December 20, 2021, before the January 25, 2022, expiration date of the facility’s current license.  The timely submittal of the renewal application allows Granger to continue operating under the current license until final action is taken on the renewal application.  EGLE, MMD, has determined that the renewal application is administratively complete 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; 517-284-6546, TerryV2@Michigan.gov).
  • Watertown Township Office, 12803 South Wacousta Road, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 (contact 517-626-6593, ext. 207).

Documents

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 cell 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 Granger is properly monitoring and maintaining the closed hazardous waste landfill cell.  
 

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 TerryV2@Michigan.gov; 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.