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Petro-Chem Processing Group of Nortru, LLC How This Facility is Regulated under the Environmental Regulations

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 Petro-Chem 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.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD) licenses and inspects Petro-Chem’s hazardous waste operations.  MMD inspects Petro-Chem’s hazardous waste operations at least four times per year. These inspections are typically unannounced and are performed to verify the operations meet the license requirements. MMD evaluates Petro-Chem’s hazardous waste storage, treatment, emergency planning, employee training, and recordkeeping.

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

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) issues the permit for the discharge of treated wastewater into the sanitary sewer system.  The Great Lakes Water Authority inspects the facility, reviews monitoring data, and conducts sampling of the facility’s discharge.  EGLE, Water Resources Division oversees Great Lakes Water Authority’s regulatory program for industrial dischargers and may also inspect the facility to audit Great Lakes Water Authority’s program implementation.

Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (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. EPA last conducted an inspection of air emissions from tanks and containers at the facility in March of 2018.