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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 >

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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 >

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Justice Department Appeals Ruling On EPA’s Final Mine Waste Guidance

The EPA has been dealt yet another blow to its process of handling surface mining permits.  In National Mining Association v. Jackson, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found that the EPA… Read More >

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Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement 2012

In 1972, United States and Canada signed the first Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA).  In September 7, 2013, forty years later GLWQA-4, was signed by Canada and the United States. This new Agreement places… Read More >