Environmental Law and Business Blog

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Lake Erie and Phosphorous: Déjà vu all Over Again

Ohio lawmakers tried to legislate away the dangerous algae blooms in June of this year, but it appears it was too late. News this week of Toledo’s drinking water woes highlighted what has become an… Read More >

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Potential Spillage in the Straits?

The Straits of Mackinac, the narrow waterway that connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan is home to unparalleled iconic Michigan beauty: vistas of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, the Mackinac Bridge and treasured vacation getaways…. Read More >

The Tronox Tale: Shell Corporations and Environmental Liabilities

The creation of an under-capitalized corporation is an oft used strategy for minimizing environmental risks.  However, as many economists have said, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”, and any business worth its salt… Read More >

VAPOR INTRUSION AND THE AUDIT PROCESS ( PART III )

Given EPA’s approval of the ASTM E1527-13 standard for conducting Phase I audits, it is clear that there will be an increased focus upon assessing vapor intrusion as a pathway for contaminants.  The conditions for… Read More >

A CLOSER LOOK AT ASTM E1527-13 ( Part II )

A review of EPA’s comments on its adoption of the ASTM E1527-13 standard provides some guidance as to EPA’s perspective on what constitutes a complete Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.  The focus of this blog… Read More >

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CHANGES TO PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS (Part I)

ASTM International, is a widely recognized standards development organization that, recently issued ASTM International E1527-13 Standard Practice for “Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process”.  As we previously blogged,  EPA was considering a… Read More >

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United States of Energy (Part 3) – Solar

In our prior posts on this topic we described the remarkable increase in U.S. oil and natural gas production. Another area that isn’t getting as much press but shouldn’t be overlooked is the renewable energy… Read More >

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The United States of Energy (Part 2): Concerns in Michigan and the Great Lakes

In a prior post we highlighted the recent energy boom in the U.S.  Like elsewhere, the increased attention to energy production has been felt here in Michigan but on a smaller scale. Earlier in 2013,… Read More >

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The United States of Energy (Part 1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave for the past year you’ve probably heard that U.S. oil and gas production is going strong. In fact, it’s going like gangbusters.  According to… Read More >

Alert: Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Program

On December 11, 2013, Region 5 of the U.S. EPA held a hearing on Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Permitting Program.  Interested parties still have time to submit written comments to the U.S. EPA regarding its… Read More >