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March 1, 2022

The Growing Importance of ESG to Business

Business publications are full of articles regarding corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs. Until recently, ESG wasn’t on the radar of most corporate executives. Now, in response to increasing pressures from consumers, investors, and regulators, ESG is a significant concern for just about every large company, regardless of industry. The Securities and Exchange Commission …

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February 15, 2022

PFAS impacts Michigan agriculture

Late last month, Michigan became one of the first few states to take a public stance on PFAS in the food supply.  The Michigan Department of Agriculture issued a Consumption Advisory notifying consumers that beef from a farm in Livingston County may contain perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). PFOS is part of the PFAS chemical family and …

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January 5, 2022

How Michigan’s PFAS Policies Could Change Federal Environmental Law in 2022

Policies developed by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) could end up impacting federal legislation in 2022, as officials call for research to understand potential health risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and their effect on human health. PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” for their persistence in the environment …

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December 21, 2021

Everything old is new again – incentives are back.

Less than 10 years ago, Governor Snyder argued that Michigan should pursue economic development by lowering overall business taxes and stop competing with other states in a race to throw the most tax breaks at new businesses and projects. We argued at the time that this was akin to unilateral disarmament and, for a while, …

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June 22, 2020

Enbridge was having a good few weeks until last week

One fight that Attorney General Dana Nessel picked after taking office was to challenge Enbridge Energy’s plan to build a new tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac to install new oil and gas pipelines to replace the infamous and aging Line 5 which sits on the bottom of the straits connecting Lakes Michigan and Huron. …

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