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January 5, 2022 | Arthur Siegal

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 | Arthur Siegal

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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February 18, 2020 | Jaffe Law

Why Due Diligence? The Lawyer’s View

Environmental due diligence typically breaks down into two types: (1) researching residual environmental contamination on a property; and (2) evaluating environmental compliance. The second set is more typical when one is buying an operating business.  Here, we discuss both

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January 30, 2020 | Jaffe Law

Michigan Sues 17 Manufacturers over PFAS/Publishes Draft PFAS Drinking Water Rules

                 Last week, the State of Michigan joined a number of other states that have filed lawsuits against 17 manufacturers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — collectively known as PFAS, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems.  Scientists who study PFAS consider the substances to post significant public health threat …

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