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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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December 31, 2019 | Jaffe Law

Hybrid Car – good for the environment and good for my wallet?

As my last car grew older, my kids would often ask, “will your next car be electric?”   They know of my passion for new technologies and that I am concerned about our environmental footprint.  I also try to be frugal and have been known to hold onto a car for many years.  Late in 2018, …

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December 30, 2019 | Jaffe Law

With the impacts of climate change, it is no surprise that storms have gotten larger and flooding more significant

  With the impacts of climate change, it is no surprise that storms have gotten larger and flooding more significant. In the last two years, Michigan had greater flooding, particularly of its farm fields, than had been seen in decades. The national flood insurance program (NFIP) operations have remained pretty much the same since …

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December 27, 2019 | Jaffe Law

Going Solar at the Siegal Household – payback and net metering

    This summer, I was approached by a number of vendors of solar panels.  Their offers were all very similar. Power your home, the Michigan Public Service Commission was getting ready to make a change in the State’s net metering program (more on that below) and they would finance our purchase so that we …

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February 12, 2019 | Arthur Siegal

Showdown Over MDEQ Review Panels?

As we previously blogged, Governor Whitmer recently issued two Executive Orders and one Executive Directive, all focusing on the environment. One of the Governor’s Executive Orders made a number of changes to the MDEQ. Citing the EO’s dissolution of two government panels and reorganization of a third, the Michigan House voted to overturn this EO …

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