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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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 >

Alert: Phase I ESA Changes

The “all appropriate inquiry” rules published by U.S. EPA will probably be updated by the end of the year to include a new standard for Phase I Assessments.  The new standard will  reflect a publication… Read More >

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Old Tank Sites Subject to New DEQ Initiative

The MDEQ is increasing its review of dormant but open leaking underground storage tank (“LUST”) sites.  This informal initiative is designed to resolve site status at open LUST locations.  The MDEQ is requesting access to… Read More >

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Observations: MDEQ/DNR presentation on Oil and Gas production in Michigan

Last night (April 30th) I attended a public presentation in Troy on oil and gas production in Michigan put on by the DEQ and DNR. The presenters were Tom Hoane from the MDNR’s Mineral Management… Read More >

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EMERGENCY FINANCIAL MANAGER CAN IMPACT BROWNFIELD PLANS

In our May 24, 2012 blog entry, we cautioned that Brownfield plans and related agreements may be in jeopardy.  Under the Local Governmental and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, MCL §141.1501, et seq. (the “Act”),… Read More >

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NHTSA: Electric Cars Need To Be Noisier.

On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a rule that would require electric vehicles to be noisier. Apparently what 99% of the populace would probably consider to be one of the primary… Read More >