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Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities Guidance

Mineral Crusher Facility
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities Guidance

Did you know?

Nonmetallic mineral crushing and associated activities are regulated by EGLE.

Air Quality 

A permit to install is needed to operate a crusher and crushing plant in Michigan, even if it is a RENTED operation.  Find out how to apply for an air permit. 


Do you use and discharge water? You may need a permit, find out how to apply for a NPDES permit. (

Waste/Materials Management

Do you have questions on recycling or how to manage waste?  Find out more about solid waste regulations. (


Guide for Mineral Crushing Facilities

The Michigan Environmental Compliance Guide for Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities is a publication of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, developed in partnership with the Michigan Aggregate Association. The guidebook is a ready-reference tool for anyone striving toward compliance with state and federal regulations that affect nonmetallic mineral crushing operations. Although some reference is made to local codes, local requirements are not discussed in the guidebook in any detail. Be sure to contact your local government officials for information on applicable local requirements.

The chapters contain discussion on the following topics:

  • how to obtain and complete an air permit application
  • the three water quality permits programs that may apply a crushing facility (i.e., groundwater discharge, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and industrial storm water program)
  • water withdrawal
  • step-by-step approach to identifying, characterizing, and disposing your waster materials
  • storage tanks
  • emergency planning

Each chapter targets a specific regulatory program. This web site contains a complete version of the guidebook and allows you to download it by chapter.