While PFAS (perfluorinated chemicals) are considered “emerging” contaminants, the use of these compounds in industrial, commercial and household products has been commonplace for many decades. PFAS compounds have been used for stain protection in clothing, upholstery and carpeting; metal plating solutions; firefighting foam; and many other applications. This wide-spread use complicates environmental investigations.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement in response to House passage of much-needed legislation to strengthen and improve administrative rulemaking at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Expanding openness, accountability and transparency at the DEQ is a top legislative priority for the Michigan Chamber.
Good News! We are pleased to report that the Michigan Chamber was successful in its efforts to block legislation aimed at subsidizing schools on the backs of employers and employees through a hidden tax on their electric utility bills.
The Michigan Chamber recently partnered with the Michigan Farm Bureau to develop legislation to reform the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The three-bill package to increase stakeholder engagement and transparency in the DEQ's rule making process, received its first hearing last week, where the Michigan Chamber provided testimony. View a brief video update featuring Jason Geer, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy for the Michigan Chamber.
A key provision in the Clean Water Act (CWA) prevents discharge of pollutants into navigable waters, which is defined to be the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The WOTUS language is, therefore, a trigger for determining whether the Federal CWA will apply to many discharges, wetlands, and other activities.
After remaining mostly status quo for a number of years, many programs dealing with waste and remediation will be changing in 2016 and we will see the implementation of changes that arrived in 2015.
The recent improvements in the real estate market, and the shift toward city living, have made urban real estate redevelopment more desirable. However, with the uncertainties and increased costs of redevelopment, incentives are still a necessary component of many projects. Not only do these programs provide funding for extraordinary brownfield costs, but they can provide funding for construction, infrastructure, site preparation, and operating costs if a financing gap exists.
Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Employers must provide their workers with a workplace that does not have serious hazards and must follow all OSHA safety and health standards. Employers must find and correct safety and health problems. OSHA further requires that employers must first try to eliminate or reduce hazards by making feasible changes in working conditions rather than relying on personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves, or earplugs.
Facilities that store oil and polluting materials above certain quantities require a PIPP (Pollution Incident Prevention Plan). Polluting materials include oils of any kind, salt, and chemicals listed in Rule 9 and mixtures containing more than 1% of these materials.
A PIPP is required if your facility exceeds the following thresholds:
Every day, Michiganders throw valuable commodities like paper, metal and plastic in the garbage for a one-way trip to a landfill. Meanwhile manufacturers are spending money on the same materials to incorporate into their products.
In fact, Michiganders dispose more than $435 million dollars of recyclable paper, metal, glass and plastic every year. Those buried resources represent wasted energy, economic value and jobs.