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Republic Industrial and Energy Solutions LLC

The Republic Industrial and Energy Solutions, LLC (RIES) is a hazardous waste storage and treatment facility located at 28470 Citrin Drive in Romulus, Michigan, near the intersection of Citrin Drive and Inkster Road, south of the I-94 freeway.  The RIES facility is licensed to store hazardous waste in containers and tanks and to treat hazardous waste in tanks.  A variety of liquid hazardous wastes are handled at the facility under the facility's hazardous waste management operating license.  All hazardous waste storage and treatment at the facility is required to be conducted indoors.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Materials Management Division (MMD), issued an initial hazardous waste management operating license to the facility on December 27, 2005, when it was under the ownership of Environmental Disposal Systems, Inc.  The facility was sold to Environmental Geo Technologies, LLC, who renewed the hazardous waste operating license on September 26, 2011.  The facility was later sold to RIES, who was transferred the license on September 25, 2019. 

The current license specifies the hazardous waste activities that can 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

Ronda Blayer
BlayerR@Michigan.gov
517-614-2630

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 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 issues operating licenses for the management of hazardous waste, the duration of which are 10 years, in accordance with state and federal laws.  To reissue the license, 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.

RIES submitted a hazardous waste operating license renewal application on April 28, 2021, before the September 26, 2021, expiration date, of the facility's current license.  The timely submittal of the renewal application allows RIES to continue operating under the current license until final action is taken on the renewal application.

EGLE, MMD, has reviewed the renewal application and determined that it is administratively complete.  A technical adequacy review is underway.  The application is available electronically, and in hard copy at the following three locations: 

  • EGLE, MMD, 525 West Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48909 (contact Vickie Terry; 517-284-6546, TerryV@Michigan.gov).
  • EGLE, MMD, Warren District Office, 27700 Donald Court, Warren, MI 48092 (contact Todd Zynda; 586-206-1640, ZyndaT@Michigan.gov).
  • Romulus Public Library, 11121 Wayne Rd, Romulus, MI 48174 (contact 734-942-7589).

 

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 host a hearing to receive formal comments from the community.  

December 13, 2021, EGLE hosted a public informational
meeting providing updates on the Department's review of
the RIES Hazardous Waste License Renewal Application.
Review Recording



Background Information

EGLE, MMD, conducts oversight of the hazardous waste operations at the facility, conducting inspections at least four times per year.  Inspections are typically unannounced and performed to verify the operations meet the license requirements.  Although the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not permit the facility's aboveground hazardous waste storage and treatment operations, they may also conduct inspections to verify compliance with pertinent regulations.  The facility does have two hazardous waste underground injection wells onsite.  However, the wells are permitted separately at the federal level by the EPA, are subject to different federal and state requirements, and are not the subject of this renewal license application.

This facility is 1 of 14 TSDFs across Michigan which, together, provide treatment, storage, and disposal options to hazardous waste generators.  Explore the vicinity map depicting the hazardous waste generators and licensed TSDFs in the greater Wayne County area.

 

How to Stay Connected

Subscribe to the facility's mailing list to receive updates from EGLE on site-specific activities.  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 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.