Environmental Law and Business Blog

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 >

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 >

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 >

Recent Supreme Court Cases – Logging Roads and the EPA’s Silvicultural Rule

The U.S Supreme Court recently decided the case of Decker v Northwest Environmental Defense Center, (U.S. Mar 20, 2013). In Decker the Supreme Court reviewed the lower court’s Opinion that had held stormwater discharges from… Read More >

Lake Michigan Ice Boulders

Ice boulders or ice beach balls? What ever you call them they are rolling ashore along the Lake Michigan shoreline and they are getting a lot of press.  Even the British Mail’s on-line publication called… Read More >

GSA SEEKS INPUT ON GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATIONS FOR FEDERAL BUILDINGS

Section 436 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires the GSA to review (every 5 years) green building certification systems to identify a system that will encourage certification of Federal green buildings…. Read More >

A SUPREME COURT CASE TO KEEP AN EYE ON: TARRANT REGIONAL WATER DISTRICT V HERRMANN

The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in the matter of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, No. 11-889 (S.Ct, filed January 19, 2012; cert. granted January 4, 2013).  The Tarrant case is interesting… Read More >

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 >

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 >

Congress Extends Wind Energy Tax Credit

     Late Wednesday night, President Obama signed a bill that, among other things, extended wind energy tax credits for one year.  The Wind Energy Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) and other related tax credits will… Read More >