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October 8, 2019

The system for regulating wastewater discharges to surface waters was created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The CWA made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a “point source” into navigable waters unless an NPDES permit was first obtained.

There are two...

September 17, 2019

State and federal rules require that a facility apply for industrial storm water permit coverage if storm water exposed to industrial materials discharges to surface waters. This requirement also includes facilities that discharge storm water to a municipal separate st...

September 16, 2019

In Michigan, the federal OSHA’s safety and health rules are delegated to MIOSHA. Many would be surprised to learn of the three different programs offered by MIOSHA: the Michigan Challenge Program (MCP), the Michigan Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MS...

August 16, 2019

Today everyone should have an inventory to track emissions such as criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and greenhouse gases (GHGs) on a routine basis. The development and use of the inventory is also a necessary planning tool to manage emissions as ope...

August 2, 2019

In the past few years, you may have heard that many old dams are being removed from rivers throughout the country, including Michigan. Three notable examples of dam removal include the Grand River in Grand Rapids, the Boardman River in Traverse City, and Pigeon River i...