Part 201 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act is facing a number of proposed changes. The trend suggests that the MDEQ is working to focus site-specific closure options included in the current rules and regulations on the due care process, a trend that has been developing over the last few years. It should be noted that these changes were originally proposed for December of last year, and are undergoing discussions and revisions. We anticipate that something will be finalized the last quarter of this year. In the meantime, understanding the trends and concepts will assist with site assessments, due care programs and closures that are being conducted this year and may require a different evaluation once the rules are finalized.Read More
Governor Snyder announced his plan to change the current lead standards for drinking water. Currently, Michigan follows the federal government’s “action level” of lead toxicity: 15 parts per billion. Through administrative rule-making, Snyder plans to lower the action level to 10ppb by 2020. Upon completion, Michigan will have the toughest lead standards in the nation.Read More
The acquisition of Ed Schmid Ford on Woodward Avenue, now Suburban Ford of Ferndale, was a strategic opportunity for The Suburban Collection to expand their brand in Southeast Michigan by adding a new line directly across the street from their Suburban Buick GMC dealership. This 85,960 square foot, full-service automobile dealership sells new and used cars, as well as offering full service auto service and collision repair.Read More
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michigan is one of the few States without an Underground Storage Tank (UST) financial assurance fund. The absence of this fund and the high cost of acquiring the necessary financial resources as required by EPA may be contributing factors in Michigan being one of the top states in the nation with approximately 8,500 Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST). Until now.Read More
On April 1, 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that the northern long-eared bat will be listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Listing the species with a designation as threatened instead of endangered, as originally proposed, provides official protection of this species, while reducing the regulatory burden, especially to those in the forestry and transportation industries. Under the ESA, a threatened status allows for implementation of a rule, known as the 4(d) rule, which gives certain projects automatic clearance to proceed.Read More
ASTI Environmental (ASTI) has served small to medium size businesses throughout the nation for over 30 years. That experience confirms that business owners have limited resources to handle environmental challenges and that those challenges occur at the most inopportune time, creating a major distraction from the real job. To get business owners back to business, ASTI’s approach is to educate owners on environmental risk management and provide services that mitigate the risk and expense on those occasions when challenges arise.Read More
With ASTI Environmental’s assistance, the City of Ferndale’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will receive $870,000 from the Tax Increment Financing and Revolving Loan Fund dollars for remediation, site preparation and demolition of a 212,000 square foot former steel pipe and conduit manufacturing facility, a small chemical storage building, a small equipment building and a guard shack on 20 acre site at 965 Wanda in Ferndale and construction of a new 100,000 square foot building.Read More
Why is a Phase I the Best Money You Can Spend??
An ASTM E1527-13 Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) enables buyers to qualify for the innocent landowner’s defense to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) for a property purchase.
ASTM E1527-13, The Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process was published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (All Appropriate Inquiry) the week of November 4, 2013, approved by the EPA on December 30, 2013, and replaces ASTM E1527-05.Read More
Whether you are planning to sell or purchase property, manage storm water or permit a wetland, environmental issues subject to local, state and federal environmental law may need to be managed. For municipalities, environmental issues may arise infrequently, but when they do it can become a major distraction.Read More
The President’s Plaque is the highest honor bestowed annually by Keep Michigan Beautiful to a government, community, school, business or organization in recognition of their contribution to environmental improvement, clean up, beautification, site restoration or historical preservation.
Introduction to the Hazard Communication Standard The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was enacted in to provide information to workers regarding the potential hazards associated with chemicals used in the workplace.Read More
Do you know the extent and reporting requirements for your storm water discharges? If not, then ASTI Environmental can help.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program regulates the discharge of pollutants from point sources to waters of the United States. Storm water from industrial facilities with manufacturing, processing or raw material storage operations could be regulated by the NPDES permit program. If your site discharges storm water to a municipal storm water system or open channel your site may require an NPDES permit.Read More
General and Minor Permits
On March 27, 2013, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) updated and reissued the General and Minor Permit Categories for Part 303 Wetlands Protection, Part 301 Inland Lakes and Streams, and Part 325 Great Lakes Submerged Lands of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended. The purpose of the reissuance was to bring the expedited permit categories more in line with the federal nationwide permits.
With recent changes in legislation, both the environmental assessment and brownfield incentives programs in Michigan have new options and requirements. Assessments are more focused on soil gas and vapor intrusion from historical impacts, and although the Baseline Environmental Assessment is still the key document for state liability protection, there is more emphasis on Due Care Plans and No Further Action (NFA) Letters, and on the associated maintenance and control requirements.Read More
HUD is now requiring radon testing for all properties located within Zone 1 (high risk) and Zone 2 (medium risk) effective for all Environmental Reports submitted to HUD after 6/4/13 (regardless of the date of the report). As you can see from the Michigan Radon Zone Map below, much of Michigan is in Zones 1 and 2.Read More
If you lived in Michigan last Spring, or closely followed the new administration, you know that one of Governor Snyder’s first acts was to eliminate the dreaded Michigan Business Tax (MBT) and to replace it with a 6% corporate income tax on “C” corporations. Designed to improve business attraction and expansion, it also resulted in the elimination of all MBT Credits utilized as development incentives (Brownfield, State Historic and MEGA Jobs Credits.)Read More