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Michigan State University
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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License and Renewal Information
Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities 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 clarification of license requirements that enhance 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.
MSU submitted a hazardous waste 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 to continue their licensed storage activities for hazardous waste and non-hazardous solid waste.
EGLE, MMD, is in the process of reviewing the renewal application for administrative completeness. 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
|South Lansing Library
3500 South Cedar Street
Lansing, Michigan 48910
Contact: Melissa Cole
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 Jeremy Pepin at PepinJ2@Michigan.gov or 517-219-2288 to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, and/or other assistance.