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.

For 2019, MDARD is requiring all bulk storage firms to register as if they are a new firm. Please refer to Regulations 640 – Commercial Bulk Pesticide Storage, and 641 – Commercial Bulk Fertilizer Storage. Look to rule 2 in each law:  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, and missing any details are in violation of the rule.

If you plan to cancel your registration, check the “No Longer Needed” box at the top of the form and include a brief explanation.

In addition, if your facility is considering new containment or structural changes to a secondary or operational containment area in 2019, please attach information on the proposed project.

Email the complete application in PDF format to: MDARD-Bulk-Storage@michigan.gov


Bulk Storage Regulations


Bulk Storage Contact Information:

Gary King, Fertilizer and Bulk Agrichemical Storage Specialist
Telephone: 517-284-5761
Fax: 517-335-4540
Email: kingg1@michigan.gov 

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.


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