Environmental/Jan 12, 2016

Groundwater Discharge Permit Fees Reduced For Laundromats and Car Washes

Several business categories, such as coin-operated laundromats and public car washes, are the beneficiaries of new legislation that will reduce the annual groundwater discharge permit fees for the next few years. On December 31, 2015, Governor Snyder approved Senate Bill 552, which amends Part 31 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). The ... Read More
Environmental/Dec 29, 2015

2015 Revisions to Federal UST Rules

On July 15, 2015, EPA published revised underground storage tank (UST) regulations in the Federal Register, providing the first major federal UST rule revision since 1988. After an opportunity for public comment, the rule package became effective on October 13, 2015. The UST rule revisions impact certain portions of the 1988 UST technical standards in ... Read More
Environmental/Oct 26, 2015

DEQ Releases Information on How to Access the UST Cleanup Fund as a Financial Assurance Mechanism

As Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to develop procedures for implementing and accessing the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund (Fund) created by the passage of SB 791 in December 2014, it just released the instructions for how UST owners/operators (O/O) can demonstrate financial responsibility by using the Fund. A brief summary of ... Read More
Environmental/Sep 11, 2015

Update on the Progress of the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA)

We have written several blogs on the passage of Public Act 416 of 2014, which called for the establishment of the MUSTA Board and the UST Cleanup Fund (effective on December 30, 2014) as a means to assist UST owners/operators in demonstrating financial responsibility and cleaning up releases from leaking USTs. Following Governor Snyder’s appointment ... Read More
Environmental/Aug 31, 2015

DEQ Launches MiWaters — New Online Water Resources Permitting and Information System

MiWaters (pronounced “My Waters”) is a new web-based information system recently rolled out by the DEQ’s Water Resources Division (WRD), designed to manage all of the WRD’s compliance and permitting activities in the groundwater, NPDES, aquatic nuisance, Part 41 wastewater construction, and water resource permit programs. The MiWaters site can also be utilized by the ... Read More
Environmental/Jul 6, 2015

City of Muskegon Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Receives $400,000 EPA Grant

The EPA recently announced that it awarded $400,000 in Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup (BAC) grant funding to the City of Muskegon Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) for its 2015 round of funding. Out of 25 applicants in Michigan, seven grants were awarded. Community-wide grant funds are to be used for Phase I and II environmental site ... Read More
Environmental/Jun 10, 2015

Governor Snyder Makes Appointments to the Underground Storage Tank Authority Board

At long last, Governor Snyder appointed six individuals to the Underground Storage Tank Authority Board (“UST Board”). The six member UST Board was established with the passage of Public Act 416 of 2014 on December 30, 2014. PA 416 provides for an UST Cleanup Fund (“Fund”) intended to assist eligible UST owners and operators in ... Read More
Environmental/Apr 13, 2015

Update on the Status of Michigan’s UST Fund

Public Act 416 (Underground Storage Tank Corrective Action Funding) was signed into law by Governor Snyder on December 30, 2014 and became effective immediately. Section 21523 of this law establishes the Underground Storage Tank Authority (Authority) as the body that will manage the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund (Fund). The Authority is to be governed ... Read More
Environmental/Mar 11, 2015

No Authority Appointed Yet To Oversee The UST Fund

Although Public Act 416, which provides for an Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Corrective Action Fund (“Fund”), became effective immediately, it appears the Fund will not be operational any time soon. After signing the bill into law on December 30, 2014, Gov. Snyder has not yet appointed anyone to the UST Authority that will oversee and ... Read More
Environmental/Feb 13, 2015

Ottawa County Awarded $400,000 in Brownfield Grant Funds

Ottawa County was recently awarded $400,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The monies are to be utilized for conducting environmental assessments at prospective Brownfield sites. Brownfields are properties where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of the properties may be complicated by the presence of hazardous substances and/or petroleum products. The ... Read More