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Michigan State University


Oonagh McKenna

Michigan State University (MSU) owns and operates a hazardous waste storage facility (HWSF) located at 3634 East Jolly Road, Lansing, Michigan.  The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD), initially licensed the MSU HWSF in 1989, issued renewal licenses in 2000 and 2010, approved an expansion application for the license in 2014, and approved a modification request for the stacking of small containers at the facility in 2023.

MSU is authorized to accept a variety of hazardous wastes from MSU’s campus under their hazardous waste management facility operating license. Accepted hazardous wastes are stored and consolidated in containers before being sent off-site for disposal. Under the current license, the HWSF is authorized to store a maximum of 7,900 gallons of hazardous waste.  

Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA), and the administrative rules promulgated thereunder; 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, 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.

MSU also conducts non-hazardous solid waste operations at the site which are regulated separately by EGLE, MMD staff under Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the NREPA, as amended, and the administrative rules promulgated thereunder; and therefore, are not part of the license renewal application review. 
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The facility is subject to multiple environmental regulatory programs, carried out by multiple government agencies.  Each agency issues separate permits or licenses under the authority they are assigned under the regulations.  The permit or license issued by each agency identifies what MSU must do to operate properly, to prevent the release of contaminants to the environment, and to limit any allowed discharge of contaminants to levels determined to be protective of human health and the environment.  Each agency requires monitoring and performs independent oversight to ensure the facility is operated in a protective manner that meets the permits and license requirements.  The agencies also share information to ensure compliance.

EGLE, MMD licenses and inspects MSU’s hazardous waste operations, with inspections occurring at least four times per year.  These inspections are typically unannounced and are performed to verify the facility is operating in a manner that meets the license requirements.  The MMD evaluates MSU’s hazardous waste storage, emergency planning, employee training, and recordkeeping.  For information on EGLEs hazardous waste licensing, inspections, fees, and other oversight for MSU, please see the Waste Data System. 

EGLE, Air Quality Division (AQD) issues the permit for air emissions from the facility.  The AQD inspects the facility to evaluate compliance with the air quality requirements and reviews the facility’s monitoring data. 

Although the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) does not permit or license the facility, they may also conduct inspections of the facility to verify compliance with air, water, and waste regulations.

The hazardous waste laws and supporting regulations provide enforceable standards for the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. They also require tracking of hazardous waste from the generator and transporter to the disposal facility to ensure proper management and disposal that is protective of health, safety and our environment. To maintain the quality of our groundwater, most hazardous waste must be treated prior to being disposed of in a licensed landfill.
Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities are highly regulated, highly engineered facilities with extensive oversight and design requirements. The hazardous waste regulations that prescribe the standards that must be met in any license action taken by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality include:

  • Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, and its administrative rules.
  • The corresponding federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA), as amended by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA), and its rules.

Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) are regulated, engineered facilities with design and oversight requirements.  The hazardous waste regulations require EGLE to issue a TSDF a license to authorize its operations.  The license prescribes specific operating standards for the facility to ensure proper, cradle to grave management of wastes received.  These standards include waste analysis; personnel training; compliance inspections; preparedness and prevention and contingency plans; closure plans; recordkeeping and reporting; engineering and process descriptions; environmental monitoring; corrective action; financial assurance; and air emission standards.

Hazardous waste TSDF operating licenses remain effective for 10 years.  The license renewal process gives EGLE an opportunity to update facility information, review operations, and improve the license by clarifying license requirements to enhance protection of human health and the environment.  To issue any license, including a license renewal, EGLE's review of the license application must conclude: 

  • The 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.

MSU submitted a hazardous waste storage facility operating license renewal application on July 27, 2023, before the January 24, 2024, expiration date of the current license.  Timely submittal of the renewal application allows MSU to continue operating under the current license until EGLE takes final action on the application.  MSU is seeking authorization to continue their licensed storage activities for hazardous waste generated on campus and at other off-site MSU facilities.  No new operations were proposed in the application.  EGLE has determined that the application is administratively complete and has begun review of the application for technical adequacy.

  The renewal application and current license are available electronically and in hard copy at the following locations: 

EGLE, Lansing Central Office
525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Contact: Vickie Terry
Phone: 517 284-6546
EGLE, Lansing District Office
525 West Allegan Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Contact: Bryan Grochowski
Phone: 517-243-0499
South Lansing Library
3500 South Cedar Street
Lansing, Michigan 48910
Contact: Melissa Cole
Phone: 517-272-9840

Administrative Completeness: 

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.

Stay Connected

To be placed on the official MSU HWSF mailing list to receive required notifications from both EGLE and MSU, please send a written request to Oonagh Mckenna, Environmental Engineer, at; or EGLE, MMD, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909 7741.  Additionally, to receive periodic updates from EGLE on the MSU WSF via email, subscribe to the MSU 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.

Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation in the licensing renewal process should contact Oonagh Mckenna at or 517-219-2288 to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, and/or other assistance.