Michigan Bulk Storage Program

The Bulk Storage program provides environmental and groundwater protection while also providing an operational scheme that will protect the products being stored, facility personnel, and the surrounding environment.

By inspecting and registering businesses storing large quantities of agricultural chemicals, the bulk storage program helps prevent the likelihood of agrichemical contamination of Michigan's natural resources. The bulk storage program ensures commercial bulk storage facilities are constructed, installed, and maintained in a safe manner with the least possible impact on people, property, and the environment.

The bulk storage program provides a uniform standard to guide the industry. Currently, over 220 bulk storage facilities are registered and inspected on an annual basis by staff in the Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division (PPPMD). In addition to annually inspecting each registered facility, PPPMD staff conducts consultations with firms in the initial stages of bulk storage construction. Site visits are arranged with firms to discuss and provide site planning, containment, and recordkeeping assistance.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is requiring all bulk storage firms to register. Forms are due on or before December 31 of each year. Please refer to Regulations 640 – Commercial Bulk Pesticide Storage, and 641 – Commercial Bulk Fertilizer Storage. Look to rule 2 in both:  R 285.640.2 and R 285.641.2 Storage facility registration. All information regarding rule 2 in the two regulations must be present in the application.

If you plan to cancel your registration, check the “Cancel” box at the top of the application form and include a brief explanation.

If your facility is considering new containment or structural changes to a secondary or operational containment area, please attach information on the proposed project. For more information, refer to these webpages:  Bulk Storage Registration Requirements and Bulk Storage Types of Containment.

Email the complete application (4 parts) to: MDARD-Bulk-Storage@michigan.gov

  1. Agrichemical Storage Facility Registration Application
  2. Agrichemical Bulk Storage Registration Package Check-off List
  3. Pesticide Bulk Storage Facility Summary - Inspection Recordkeeping Requirements Check-Off List
  4. Site Plan

Bulk Storage Regulations

Bulk Storage Contact Information

Tim Lyons, Animal Feed Safety Manager
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division
Desk: 517-284-5644
Cell Phone: 517-719-1696
Email: LyonsT1@michigan.gov
www.michigan.gov/mda-feed

Lorelei Curry, Departmental Technician
Telephone: 517-284-5751
Fax: 517-241-4640
Email: CurryL9@michigan.gov

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards in the Federal Register on April 9, 2007. They became effective on June 8, 2007.

To see if they are impacted, fertilizer and pesticide storage facilities should consult Appendix A: Chemicals of Interest in the standards. Owners of chemical facilities with quantities in Appendix A will have to complete a preliminary online assessment to determine the level of risk associated with the facility within 120 days.

Click here for more information about DHS standards.

Bulk Storage Links of Interest