The Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division (WMRPD), within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), has the responsibility of regulating the installation of Hydrogen systems. The WMRPD also maintains the certification of all H2 systems that operate in this state.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
The owner/operator plan review/certification of Hydrogen Facilities
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Fire Prevention Code, Public Act 207 of 1941, as amended
Section 29.3c, Fire Prevention Code, Public Act 207 of 1941
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
Hydrogen Storage Systems means a tank or combination of tanks, including the pipes, that are connected to the tank(s), or ancillary equipment containment systems, if any, which is, was, or may have been used to contain an accumulation of hydrogen.
The applicant is required to submit a completed Application for Installation of a Hydrogen System Form #5240, a check for $203 per tank to be reviewed, along with a site plan and installation information for review and approval by the WMRPD. The owner/operator is required to report any tank or owner information changes to the WMRPD on an Aboveground Storage Tank Change of Information Form #3858 within 30 days of the change.
All data and information requested on the Application of Installation of a Hydrogen System Form(s).
New AST Installations:
New CNG Installations:
Existing CNG Installations:
A Hydrogen system must maintain inventory control records or monthly inspection reports to verify that there is no leakage from the tank. Records must be maintained in a readily available location for the purposes of inspection by a state inspector. If the facility has a corrosion protection system, then it must be monitored to verify that it is working correctly.
The facility must comply with the fire safety rules for Hydrogen.
The annual certificate fee is $61.50 per tank, based on the volume of storage capacity, measured in SCF.
If a person wishes to appeal the denial of a variance request under these rules, then they must complete and forward a petition for contested case hearings within 60 days of the receipt of the denial. In these cases, the Administrative Law Judge in the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules makes a Recommendation for Decision for consideration by the Director of MDEQ.
The decision makers in the approval process are the Review Engineers in the Storage Tank Unit of WMRPD. Complaints or comments related to a facility may be filed with the MDEQ at any time. The complaints are investigated and if they were validated through a finding of a violation then this would be considered in the decision-making process for approval.
E. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division, Storage Tank and Solid Waste Section, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 30157, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7657