Environmental Law and Business Blog


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 >

New Michigan Business Courts May Play Important Role in Resolving Environmental Disputes

  Governor Rick Snyder recently signed Public Act 333 (the “Business Court Act”), establishing a separate business court in Michigan.  These courts will provide a unique forum for resolving complex disputes between business organizations, disputes… Read More >

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 >

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 >

Revisions to the Federal Trade Commission “Green Guides”

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on October 1, 2012 released the revised “Green Guides“, which is designed to help marketers with describing the environmental attributes of their products, so that advertising is truthful and non-deceptive… Read More >

Regulating Runoff from Logging Roads

The only U.S. Supreme Court case on the Court’s Fall docket relating to an environmental matter is Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center. In this case (which was consolidated with Georgia Pacific West, Inc. v…. Read More >

Great Lakes Week – Cleveland

Unlike other parts of the country (or the world for that matter), people living in and around the Great Lakes are very cognizant of both the unique benefits the Great Lakes bring them such as… Read More >

Vapor Intrusion Assessment – An Overview

Introduction Redevelopment of contaminated land and land adjacent to contaminated sites can be a relatively straightforward process when you work with a good environmental consultant that understands the special risks and concerns a developer faces. … Read More >

Interview – An Environmental Consultant’s Perspective on Industrial Property Reuse

Today’s blog features an interview I had with Doug McDowell of McDowell & Associates regarding the increased focus on using abandoned industrial sites for business incubators in urban areas.  Although these sites are attractive to… Read More >

Regulatory Reform in Michigan’s Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Program

In May 2012, a six bill package was signed into law by Governor Snyder to amend the procedures for the cleanup of contamination caused by leaking USTs.  This bill package amends Michigan’s Part 213 (Leaking… Read More >