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Date:         Tue, 4 Mar 2003 13:31:44 -0500
From:         Pat Watson <WATSONPE@MICHIGAN.GOV>
Subject:      New DEQ Press Release - March 3, 2003
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />March 3, 2003     


RESOURCE CONTACT:  Lynn Dumroese     (517) 373-4738

MEDIA CONTACT:           Patricia Spitzley    (517) 241-7397


DEQ Releases Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan


The Report of Solid Waste Landfilled in Michigan for Fiscal Year 2002 has been released by the Department of Environmental Quality.  Submittal of this information by the landfills to the DEQ is required of all active landfills in Michigan pursuant to Section 11507a(1) of Part 115, Solid Waste Management, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.  This is the seventh annual report prepared by the DEQ.


The total solid waste disposed in Michigan landfills in fiscal year 2002 decreased by 4.7 percent from fiscal year 2001.  The volume of out of-state solid waste disposed in Michigan landfills decreased by 3.2 percent.  One-fifth of the waste disposed in Michigan came from out-of-state.  The largest source of solid waste imported to Michigan landfills was Canada, which contributed 11.5 percent of all waste disposed in Michigan, up from 9.8 percent in fiscal year 2001.  The following table represents the origin and amount of all out-of-state municipal solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills.



                                                                     (CUBIC YARDS)


                  Canada                                                 6,587,703

                  Connecticut                                                     720

                  Illinois                                                    1,697,247

                  Indiana                                                  1,701,290

                  New Jersey                                                      103

                  New York                                                      5,038

                  Ohio                                                       1,035,039

                  Pennsylvania                                                     82

                  Wisconsin                                                423,374


Although the volume of imported solid waste has decreased from the previous reporting period, the percentage of out-of-state waste disposed of in Michigan landfills increased slightly.


“We share the concerns expressed by the Governor and Michigan citizens regarding the out-of-state waste being sent to Michigan landfills,” said Steven E. Chester, Director of the DEQ.  “The DEQ stands ready to administer and enforce legislation enacted by the Legislature that affirms our commitment to human health and the environment.” 


Michigan law prohibits the disposal of certain items in solid waste landfills, including car batteries, used oil, hazardous waste, and yard waste.  Solid Waste that contains these prohibited items are a concern and landfills that allow the disposal of these prohibited items are subject to enforcement action that could include stiff penalties.


To ensure that the solid waste disposed of in Michigan landfills complies with the requirements of Part 115, the DEQ will be stepping up inspections of those facilities to make sure neither Michigan nor out-of-state waste containing prohibited items is being disposed of improperly.


To receive a copy of the Report, please contact the Storage Tank and Solid Waste Section, Waste and Hazardous Materials Division, DEQ, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan 48909, at 517-335-4035; or a copy of the Report may be downloaded from the DEQ Web site at:  http://www.michigan.gov/deq; under “About DEQ,” click on “Waste” and “Solid Waste;” under “Information,” click on “Annual Reports of Solid Waste Landfilled;” and then click on the link for the fiscal year report wanted.




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