Environmental Law and Business Blog

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Two Years Later

Two years ago this week an oil pipeline owned by Canadian-based Enbridge oil company and operated by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured spilling more than a million gallons of “dilbit” crude oil into the Kalamazoo River… Read More >

Update on Michigan’s Groundwater Surface water Interface Criteria and Compliance

On June 20, 2012, Governor Snyder signed into law Michigan’s Senate Bill No. 1090 amending MCL 324.20120(e) of Michigan’s Part 201.  As we discussed in an earlier blog entry on April 23, 2012, many owners and… Read More >

Written Tests Required for Operators at Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Facilities.

Pursuant to a federal mandate, Michigan has promulgated requirements that each UST facility have a Class A, Class B, and Class C operator.  Operator candidates will need to pass a written test in order to… Read More >

Live Blog: Re-Purposing Industrial Facilities

Good morning! Today we’re live blogging a panel discussion (see prior post for panelists) on redeveloping under-utilized industrial and commercial properties – a timely topic in the Metro Detroit area which has a large stock… Read More >

Re-purposing Industrial and Commercial Properties

At 8:30 am Wednesday June 6th, we’re going to try something new: we will be live blogging a breakfast round-table discussion at the Tech Shop in Dearborn. The topic of the discussion is redeveloping and… Read More >

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Could Rescind Brownfield Agreements

Your Brownfield reimbursement agreements may be in jeopardy.  A new concern has been raised as to whether the broad powers granted to emergency managers could be used to terminate Brownfield reimbursement agreements and render ineffective… Read More >

Is Legislative Support For Sustainability Initiatives On The Decline?

For the past 10 years Michigan has created a number of laws that were “sustainability oriented” – intended to promote the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Recently, however, there has been a reduction… Read More >

Interview: Regulatory Change for Michigan’s GSI Criteria

I had the opportunity to interview Gary Klepper, who has a long, prestigious career in all issues associated with environmental contamination and site remediation.  Gary had a 27-year career with the Michigan Department of Environmental… Read More >

Greening the Army

The Defense Department is no stranger to being on the forefront of advanced technology and its expertise was once again showcased with the recent opening of the Army’s GSPEL (Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory)… Read More >

Lead Based Paint Enforcement Alert

EPA steps up enforcement against contractors disturbing lead paint. Given a recent EPA press release, it appears that the EPA is increasing its enforcement attention on violations of the EPA’s Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and… Read More >