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How This Site is Regulated Under the Environmental Regulations

US Ecology Michigan Disposal Waste Treatment Plant (MDWTP), located at 49350 North I-94 Service Drive, in Bellville, Michigan (Site), 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 MDWTP 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 Site 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 MDWTP’s hazardous waste operations, as well as non-hazardous solid waste operations.  The non-hazardous solid waste operations are regulated under a separate license and regulations and are therefore not addressed in the hazardous waste license. MMD inspects MDWTP’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 MDWTP’s hazardous waste storage, treatment, emergency planning, employee training, and recordkeeping. Please see the Summary of Recent Hazardous Waste Inspections for an overview of inspections performed in the last three years at MDWTP. 

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

Although the United States Environmental Protection Agency does not permit nor license the Site, they may also conduct inspections of the Site to verify compliance with air, water, and waste regulations.

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