In the last 3 years, PFAS investigation and remediation has been a major focus of state and federal environmental authorities. This article update covers a few of the significant developments of special importance to Michigan businesses and citizens.
Category: Environmental Law
Federal law and Michigan law require a purchaser of property to investigate whether the property is environmentally contaminated; otherwise, the purchaser runs the risk of becoming legally liable to pay the cost of cleaning up contamination on the property, even though caused by a prior owner. Unlike most states, Michigan […]
Give the Notice, the Whole Notice, and Nothing but the Notice 1. Give the Notice The first question that should cross the mind of anyone planning to purchase or lease a gas station is: have the underground gasoline storage tanks at the station ever leaked? If so, negotiating responsibility for the […]
Article Originally Published: September 2009 The information contained in this article is not intended to be legal advice. Readers should not act or rely on this information without consulting an attorney. One of the biggest “hammers” wielded by the government to impose environmental liability on private companies with contaminated property is […]
Few experiences are less pleasant than the discovery of wetlands on a newly-purchased property intended for development.
Existing infrastructure, transportation convenience, availability of trained workers, and proximity to markets and materials are good reasons for commercial and manufacturing operations to be located in current industrialized contaminated areas (“brownfields”). Rebuilding in these areas saves valuable farmlands and green spaces around metropolitan areas. Some additional reasons to consider buying […]