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New Administration Delays Sewage Overflow Rule for More Study

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A proposed rule governing uncontrolled discharges of raw sewage into surface waters waits review by the new administration. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Waste Water

Michigan Lawmakers Ease Access to Underground Storage Tank Clean-up Funds

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Michigan just made it easier for owners and operators of underground storage tanks to demonstrate financial assurance and obtain cash for closing leaking tanks. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Legislation, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Oil & Gas, Underground Storage Tanks (UST)

Reading the Tea Leaves on Medical Marijuana Solid Waste Regulation in Michigan

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Michigan’s new regulatory regime for medicinal cannabis may require strict control and disposition of cannabis wastes. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Cannabis, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Regulation, Medical Marijuana, Solid Waste

Renewable Energy Poised to Thrive Under any White House

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There is likely little a Trump administration could do to stem the growth of renewable forms of energy. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy

HUD Proposes New Lead-based Paint Rule to Protect Kids

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HUD proposes new lead paint rule that reduces exposure levels significantly, affecting building owners of target housing. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Environmental Regulation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lead-based Paint

EPA Turns to Mandatory Victim's Restitution Act to Recover Costs

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EPA uses victim restitution statute to recover its costs for responding to massive asbestos release. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Air, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Hazardous Materials

Great Lakes Compact Worked as Designed in Diversion Approval

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Great Lakes water diversion to Wisconsin city outside the Great Lakes Basin supported by science and the Great Lakes Compact. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Water, Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes

Ballast Water Bill at Risk of Becoming Law Without Debate

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Federal legislators try to insert weaker ballast discharge regulations into defense budget, which may pave the way for more invasive species in the Great Lakes. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Clean Water, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Regulation, Great Lakes, Invasive Species

New Michigan Policies Make Energy Efficiency a Priority

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New Michigan legislation makes it easier and more affordable for local governments to initiate energy efficiency programs at public facilities and operations. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Energy, Public Policy, Renewable Energy, Sustainability
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