Newsletter Updates
Senate Committee Considers Bills to Reform Private Attorneys General and Contingency Fee Contracts
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, September 22nd, the Senate Oversight Committee held a hearing on two Republican-sponsored bills (SB 828 and SB 829) that would enact several statutory reforms to the use of private attorneys general and contingency fee contracts with outside legal firms.

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Legislature Passes FY21 Budget Avoiding Major Cuts
Friday, September 25, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, the Legislature passed through the entire FY2021 budget (due to begin on October 1st) in overwhelming bipartisan fashion. The $62.7billion annual budget agreement represents a major accomplishment for the Governor and Republican Legislative leaders, who fought last year over the Governor’s road funding proposal and the Governor’s subsequent vetoes and administrative transfers. Then the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic collapse required further negotiations to allocate federal funding and address major deficits.

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Bills Introduced to Extend Statute of Limitations for PFAS Contamination
Friday, September 18, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, September 16th, State Senator Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) introduced a two-bill package that would extend the statute of limitations for claims made regarding contamination from PFAS and other emerging contaminants.

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EGLE Finalizes Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels
Friday, September 18, 2020 12:00 AM

Last Friday, September 11th, EGLE’s Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD) issued a bulletin regarding volatilization to indoor air pathway (VIAP) screening levels. In June, RRD had announced new guidance and voluntary screening levels for evaluation of VIAP under the Part 201 program. RRD staff stated that this new guidance is merely an attempt to streamline the current process, but many in the regulated community expressed concerns that the screening levels utilize extremely conservative assumptions and still require significant investment to satisfy the Department.

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Enbridge Fully Reopens Line 5 After Authorization from PHMSA and Michigan Judge
Friday, September 11, 2020 12:00 AM

On Wednesday, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo signed off on an order allowing Enbridge to reopen the east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. That segment was revealed in June to have suffered damage to an anchor support on the lake bottomland, and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had persuaded the Judge to temporarily halt all Line 5 operations.

Shortly thereafter, the parallel west segment had reopened following a satisfactory inspection, and a subsequent review by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) had likewise not identified any safety concerns for the east segment.

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