Michigan Hazardous Waste & Environmental Laws

Hazardous Waste Laws: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) is a US law that provides, in broad terms, the general guidelines for the waste management program envisioned by Congress. It includes a Congressional mandate directing EPA to develop a comprehensive set of regulations to implement the law.

40 CFR Part 260 contains all of the RCRA regulations governing hazardous waste identification, classification, generation, management and disposal. In any given State, EPA or the State hazardous waste regulatory agency enforces hazardous waste laws. EPA encourages States to assume primary responsibility for implementing a hazardous waste program through State adoption, authorization, and implementation of the regulations

Most of Michigan’s environmental acts were consolidated into the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994, PA 451, as amended (Act 451). Act 451 is organized into sections called “Parts.” The Michigan statutes regulated by the MDEQ are listed here and the statute details can be found by searching on the Michigan Legislative Website.

Michigan Administrative Laws The State Administrative Board of Hearings and Rules maintains the Rules promulgated under Michigan statutes. The MDEQ administered rules organized by MDEQ divisions are on the webpage Michigan Environmental Rules.