Pollution Prevention

Important Update for the Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Program

updated February 29, 2024

The Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Regulation is currently paused as we work on updating it. We are nearing approval and implementation!

Tentative timeline:

  • Updated regulation to go before the Washtenaw County Board of Health in March 2024. 
  • Updated regulation to go before the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in April 2024 for a first reading, and in May 2024 for a vote.
  • We anticipate starting up the revamped program in summer 2024 for reporting. It has not yet been determined if any fees will be implemented in 2024, or if they will be pushed back until 2025.
  • Status sheets and fees are not due now (winter/spring 2024).

Contact information:

If you have a new primary contact for the Pollution Prevention Program, please send the following information to [email protected]:

  • Company name
  • Staff name
  • Staff title
  • Phone
  • Email 
  • Work address (if different from facility address)
  • Please indicate if this individual is in charge of multiple facilities/sites
We want to hear from businesses that are currently regulated by the Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Program. 
Feedback can be submitted to us via email: [email protected] 

Pollution Prevention Program

The Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Program is responsible for inspecting facilities that store, manufacture, or use hazardous, toxic, or polluting materials.

Our Environmental Health Sanitarians ensure that facilities utilize and dispose of hazardous materials properly, thereby preventing environmental contamination. This program operates in accordance with the Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Regulation (PDF).

Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2)

The Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2) recognizes businesses and non-profit organizations in Washtenaw County that provide leadership in environmental protection and practice environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling, and pollution prevention. Partnership is free and participants receive free technical assistance, complimentary audits, recognition in the community via advertisements and displays at community events, and more. Participants are also eligible for our annual Environmental Excellence Awards.

E2P2 offers 3 opportunities for participation: Community Partners for Clean Streams for water quality protection, Waste Knot for waste reduction and recycling, and the Pollution Prevention Program. See the E2P2 site for more!

Illegal Dumping in Washtenaw County

Helpful Links

  • EGLE Regulatory Assistance - The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) provides information and guidance for businesses, local units of government, and industry personnel.  
  • EGLE Pollution Prevention Program - EGLE provides assistance to businesses, institutions and the public to improve the environment and save money by adopting the three "Rs" reduce, reuse and recycle. Known also as pollution prevention, this is a non-regulatory assistance program that provides information, technical assistance and financial incentives to reduce pollution.
  • Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) Information - In case of environmental emergency affecting AIR, LAND, or WATER, call 800-292-4706 (in Michigan). The PEAS hotline should be used to report environmental pollution emergencies such as tanker accidents, pipeline breaks, and releases of reportable quantities of hazardous substances as required.