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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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New Guide – The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

A new publication is available that reviews the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  RCRA is the principal Federal law governing the handling, recycling, labeling, testing and identification of solid and hazardous waste.  RCRA was… Read More >

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Pitfalls When Blogging About Green Products

In previous blogs I commented on the importance of having scientific data to support advertisements for green products.  Compliance with FTC’s Green Guides should also be considered when using social media to promote green products…. Read More >

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Green Guides – Is it degradable or compostable?

In a previous blog we discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) updates to the “Guides for the Use Environmental Marketing Claims,” 16CFR260 (the Green Guides) in October 2012.  One of the more problematic areas for… Read More >

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Michigan’s Local Program for Wellhead Protection

Michigan has a program for protecting a community’s drinking water quality that is implemented at the local level.  This is referred to as Michigan’s Wellhead Protection Program (WHPP).  The creation of WHPP was an outgrowth… Read More >

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Is It Clean? – Michigan Certificates of Completion and No Further Action Letters

On December 22, 2012 Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 1328 which became effective on December 27, 2012.  The Bill amended portions of Part 201 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.  Among the interesting amendments to… Read More >

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NEW MDEQ DATABASE – RECORDED RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

The Michigan Department of  Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Remediation Division in conjunction with the recommendations from the Collaborative Stakeholders Initiative (CSI) have undertaken a mapping program for plotting all the recorded land use and resource use… Read More >