Environmental Law and Business Blog

Compare the two brake pads. Copper flecks are visible in the upper one. Photo courtesy of Washington Dept. of Ecology

Environmental Concerns Flow From the Pacific Northwest to Michigan: Brake Pads and Pacific Salmon

Environmental concerns are rarely local anymore. This is certainly the case as regulation regarding copper residue in the Pacific Northwest impacts auto manufacturing processes in the Midwest. Copper is considered toxic to fish, particularly salmon…. Read More >

The State of Fracking in Various States

Who controls the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, known informally as “fracking”? This notion is being challenged in Michigan and other locations, too. It appears that state law is preeminent in most matters of oil and… Read More >

wolf in winter

Following the Trail of Wolf Legislation

The state of wolves in America varies by state. Certainly, Michigan has been at the center of the fray with not one, but two ballot initiatives for voters to weigh in on this past November…. Read More >

cranberries

Cranberries: Their Potential Impact on the Environment

If you just sat down to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner replete with turkey and some sort of cranberry accompaniment, you might be feeling quite satisfied with your food choices. Cranberries, native to the United States,… Read More >

photo courtesy of conservationcorridor.org

Keeping Invasive Species out of Michigan

Invasive species are a hot topic, here in Michigan, as well in other states. Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that enter the Michigan environment. Typically, these species are hardier than some of our… Read More >

lake erie

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 >

mackinac bridge

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 >