Environmental/Feb 17, 2016

Michigan Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership Program Extends Grant Deadline

The Michigan Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) Program was developed as a result of a $3 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan (CMPM) was tasked as the grant administrator for the BIP funds. The grant funding is ... Read More
Environmental/Feb 1, 2016

Michigan Changes “Liquid Industrial Waste” to “Liquid Industrial By-Products”, Eliminates Site ID and Manifesting Requirements

In December of 2015, the Michigan legislature passed Senate Bill 400, amending Part 121 (Liquid Industrial Wastes) of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), making the following significant changes: The title of Part 121 was changed to “Liquid Industrial By-Products” and all internal references throughout Part 121 were changed from “liquid industrial waste” ... Read More
Environmental/Jan 21, 2016

MUSTA Extends UST Cleanup Fund Deductible Buy-down Deadline for 2016

At MUSTA’s January 19, 2016 meeting in Lansing, a decision was made to extend the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund deductible buy-down deadline from January 31, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Part 215 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), Section 21510a(b) allows an eligible UST owner or operator with fewer than ... Read More
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
Corporate & Business/Oct 26, 2015

Are Contracts With Unlicensed Builders Void Or Voidable? The Michigan Supreme Court Provides Definitive Answer

In Epps v 4 Quarters Restoration, LLC, Docket No. 147727 (September 28, 2015), the Michigan Supreme Court held that homeowner contracts with unlicensed builders are voidable, thus putting existing murky law to rest. In Epps, Mr. and Mrs. Epps’ Detroit home suffered flood damage. The innocent homeowners’ insurance company, Auto Owners, employed an adjusting service ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Oct 26, 2015

Contracting By The Internet In Michigan

In 2000, Michigan adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”). In Michigan, the mutual assent of both parties to a contract is required in order to have a valid and enforceable contract. Assent of a party can be demonstrated by an “electronic” signature if the parties have agreed to conduct a transaction by electronic means, ... 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
Corporate & Business/Sep 10, 2015

Gimme A ©! Court Of Appeals Rules Designs On Cheerleading Uniform Protected By Copyright

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the designs on cheerleading uniforms are entitled to copyright protection under federal law. The Court’s decision hinged on whether the design aspects such as colors, stripes, curves and diagonals, were separate from the utilitarian aspects of a cheerleading uniform, i.e. the uniforms’ ability to cover the ... Read More