We help clients solve (and often avoid) environmental liability problems by providing assistance and advice with regulatory compliance and permitting issues. We work closely with our clients to evaluate their ongoing compliance with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. We evaluate the effectiveness of our clients’ audit and operational programs, and can develop environmental risk management training programs and policy manuals for our clients’ use.

Compliance with Land and Water Management Regulations

Located near the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, we have a wealth of experience in compliance and land development issues that arise as a result of the critical dunes program, wetlands protection requirements, and soil erosion and sedimentation control issues. We help clients resolve water resource problems, including those related to water discharge permitting and compliance with applicable regulations.

We also assist our clients in the development of and compliance with Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Pollution Incident Prevention Plans (PIPP).

Our recent experiences with our clients have demonstrated that regulatory agencies are increasingly focusing on the issue of Class V Injection Wells (such as septic systems, cesspools, dry wells, etc.) including motor vehicle waste disposal wells (drains that are present in vehicle repair shops which are not connected to a municipal sewer system).

If you have any questions about these programs or any other environmental regulations as they relate to your property, please contact us.

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Recent News

Nicolas M. Morano, Accomplished Real Estate Attorney, Joins GGTM Law
Posted on February 11, 2019
Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”) welcomes Nicolas M. Morano, who recently joined the growing ranks of experienced attorneys at GGTM. Nic has more than a decade of experience in counseling businesses and entrepreneurs in complex real estate and corporate matters. As a Mona Shores High School graduate, Nic is excited to transition his practice back home to the Muskegon area after spending the first ten years of his career with a large law firm in Grand Rapids.  Nic’s breadth of experience in a wide variety of real estate and corporate matters is a valuable asset to GGTM and... MORE
Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated
Posted on April 2, 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can... MORE
New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
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