• Posts by Saulius K. Mikalonis
    Senior Attorney

    A senior attorney in Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Saulius K. Mikalonis leads the firm's Environment, Energy and Resources Law and Cannabis Law industry groups.

    Mr. Mikalonis focuses his practice on all aspects of ...

Officials must read more than “tea leaves” to fully understand how Michigan’s medical and recreational cannabis industries will impact the state’s energy grid.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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EPA’s new rules will govern methane emissions from new oil and gas industry operation sources, with regulations for existing sources on the horizon.

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Underground storage tank owners and operators can apply for funds to help pay cleanup costs for release of materials into environment.

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United States Supreme Court upholds rule allowing energy users to be paid for not using energy during peak times.

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Michigan's Legislators should consider the increasingly positive business case for supporting the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard before acting to roll it back or eliminate it outright.

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President Obama signs legislation to fund significant infrastructure investments, which translates to big benefits for Michigan roads.

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Upwind states will have to control ground level ozone inducing air emissions to help downwind states comply with the Clean Air Act.

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Michigan, Ohio and Ontario work together to stop emission of contaminants that feed algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Federal appellate court blocks EPA’s rule defining “Waters of the United States” for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.

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EPA must strengthen rule controlling introduction of invasive species into US waters through ballast discharge.

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EPA proposes broad rules requiring healthcare and associated facilities to properly store, transport and dispose of hazardous pharmaceutical wastes and bans "down the drain" disposal.

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Proposed legislative changes to Michigan's net metering policy could dramatically impact the state's renewable energy future.

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Federal court upholds Chesapeake Bay multi-state water quality regulations, which may be a model for future Great Lakes regulations.

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The Supreme Court handed the EPA a loss by sending EPA’s Clean Air Act mercury rule for existing power plants to the DC Circuit, but the practical effect is minimal.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Office of the Great Lakes prepared a 30-year plan to harness and protect Michigan’s significant and valuable water resources

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Supporters and opponents of fracking can all find something they like in the EPA’s draft report on its assessment on the effect of fracking on drinking water resources.

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In a much anticipated rulemaking, EPA has defined what waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act, and not everyone is happy.

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Recent studies confirm renewables and efficiency technologies leading the way toward our energy future.

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Michigan’s governor looks to advance state’s energy policies but faces push back from the Legislature.

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The corporate liability shield may not protect individual shareholders, owners or executives in certain environmental exposure situations.

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Ohio court rules that home rule rights of municipalities are not effective against drilling rights and as a home rule state, Michigan municipalities may face similar challenges to enforce their ordinances.

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Court requires MSPC to reconsider its decision permitting a gas pipeline and to comply with the Michigan Environmental Protection Act.

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EPA proposes new regulations for control of methane during oil and gas production.

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In support of biodiversity, Michigan Gov. Snyder vetoes legislation from his own party.

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EPA decides to regulate coal ash as solid waste, but not as hazardous waste.

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The Michigan Legislature attempted to add burning solid waste within the definition of “renewable energy."

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EPA proposes regulations to control ground-level ozone in an effort to combat smog.

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Veterans are often exposed to hazardous materials during their service; here’s what is being done to help them.

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Violating environmental law self-reporting obligations can lead to some very expensive fines and penalties.

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Public comments on proposed new EPA greenhouse gas rules raise new issues, so agency seeks comments on those issues.

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Michigan's energy efficiency scorecard shows an improved score over 2013, but state maintained is 12th place ranking nationally.

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Courts often sort out land use disputes when formerly acceptable uses conflict with newer uses in formerly rural areas.

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Shale gas provides the US with a competitive advantage over other nations, but risks exist that may limit that advantage, according to Chairman and CEO of BASF.

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United Nations Climate Summit begins global discussion of responses to Climate Change, Obama administration announces policies to assist development of international programs.

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Detroit regional water system deal punctuates the need for regional cooperation and infrastructure investment, here and across the United States.

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New FERC rule establishes requirements for power transmission planning and cost allocation, while promoting development of renewable energy projects.

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Michigan Court of Appeals upholds substantial civil penalty award against owner and operators of leaking underground storage tanks for failure to complete closure activities.

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Certain industrial facilities need to develop plans to handle their potentially contaminated wastewater.

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Michigan Court of Appeals upholds substantial civil penalty award against owner and operators of leaking underground storage tanks for failure to complete closure activities.

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Local communities are responding to fracking by attempting to restrict the practice through the passage of ordinances, with inconsistent results.

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Power purchase agreements for renewable energy technologies attract lawsuits and other efforts by traditional utilities seeking to keep their primacy by stifling growth, but it doesn’t have to be that way as other traditional utilities seek to develop a business model that incorporates distributed energy into their business models.

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While the Supreme Court trimmed a little of EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources, it left in place EPA’s authority to do so.

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Michigan bills allow reuse of byproducts from incinerated coal and municipal waste in landfills, fertilizer, building materials, among other uses

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State statutes of repose can bar environmental tort claims from proceeding even if contamination goes undiscovered for decades.

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Nuclear and green energy producers may be long-term financial winners if proposed new EPA rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions at existing sources are adopted.

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The federal government invites public petitions, resulting in the absurd petitions like building a Star Wars style "Death Star" and deporting Justin Bieber, but EPA also seeks the public's opinion on disclosing the constituents of fracking chemicals.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that downwind states cannot be held responsible for air pollution caused by upwind states.

Tags: Clean Air
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While the federal Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Code allows for such well known measures as payment of creditors on a priority basis, it also addresses other obligations, including the payment of environmental costs incurred while the entity proceeds through bankruptcy.

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Regulators may become more inflexible in granting permits following a recent and potentially "historic" Supreme Court ruling that makes it easier for developers to sue regulators over land-use decisions.

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