2014 Annual Meeting
Outgoing Chair Kurt Brauer, Anne B. Couture (Senior Policy Advisor to MDEQ Director Dan Wyant) and Incoming Chair, S. Lee Johnson, at the Opening Session
Vapor Intrusion Demonstration draws close attention
2013-2014 ELS Officers proceed to Election (Bill Schikora, Lee Johnson and Kurt Brauer)
Resource Extraction and Management in Michigan: Hot Issues
Webinar Originally presented: Thursday July 31, 2014
Audio & PowerPoint Presentation (entirety) 114.9MB Windows Media Format
Three separate topics on Resource Extraction and Management, addressed by three well-known authorities in their respective areas:
- Mapping and Managing Michigan’s Groundwater: John Yellich
Appointed director of the Michigan Geological Survey in October of 2013, John Yellich, a Michigan native, is an exploration, mineral development and environmental geologist with more than 40 years’ experience, who has worked in more than 30 states, as well as Canada, Australia and China. Before taking over as head of the Geological Survey, Yellich worked for Union Pacific, where he developed a business model for assessing corporate environmental liabilities associated with the Fortune 50 Company’s leased properties in 21 states.
- Fracking Update: David Whitfield
David Whitfield, an attorney with Warner Norcross & Judd, is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Environmental Practice Groups and specializes in areas of commercial, business and oil and gas litigation, as well as oil and gas related regulation and transactions. He also advises and represents public utilities and other energy providers before regulatory agencies and state courts on complex litigation matters.
- Update on New Mining Projects in the Upper Peninsula:
Joe Maki Mr. Maki is a geologist with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, Upper Peninsula District.
Let the River Run Free—The Saga of the Pigeon River Dam Removal Litigation (2008-2014), Its Case History, and Ultimate Settlement
Webinar Originally presented: Tuesday July 15, 2014
Speaker: Peter L. Gustafson, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Attorney for Intervening Plaintiffs Michigan Trout Unlimited and Pigeon River Country Association
Synopsis: Mr. Gustafson discussed the saga of the Golden Lotus Dam on the Pigeon River in Otsego County and its ultimate removal. The presentation included information on the nature of the dispute, one of many that has arisen in Michigan in recent years in connection with decisions whether to maintain or remove dams on our rivers, as well as the long procedural history through the courts and mediation, and described the eventual outcome and the status of work on the dam as it proceeds today.
- Written materials by Peter L. Gustavson 2MB PDF
- Audio & PowerPoint Presentation 45.2MB Windows Media Format
Great Lakes Water Levels: Past, Present, and Future
Webinar Originally presented: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Speaker: Andrew D. Gronewold, Ph.D., P.E., a Physical Scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)(Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Some of Dr. Gronewold's recent work is directly relevant to the Committee's interests, including his recent co-authored publications --
Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow. Unprecedented seasonal water level dynamics on one of the Earth's largest lakes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95:15-17 (DOI:10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00194.1) (2014). http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/pubs/fulltext/2014/20140011.pdf
Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow, "Unprecedented seasonal water level dynamics on one of the Earth's largest lakes," Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95:15-17 (2014); and Gronewold, A.D., and C.A. Stow, "Water Loss From the Great Lakes," Science 343:1084-1085 (2014);
- Written materials by Andrew Groenwold, Ph.D., P.E. 3.9MB PDF
- Audio & Powerpoint Presentation 2.7GB Windows Media Format
The Great Lakes Legacy Program: A Partnership Approach for Remediating and Managing Contaminated Sediment Sites in Great Lakes
Webinar Originally presented: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Great Lakes National Program Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Regional Council
The Environmental Lawyer's Role in Transactions
Webinar Originally presented: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Kyle M. H. Jones
Senior Counsel, Environment
Health & Safety and Real Estate
Chrysler Group LLC
Christopher J. Dunsky
Principal, Christopher J. Dunsky PLLC
Dustin P. Ordway
Principal, Ordway Law Firm PLLC
Clearing the Air: An Overview of Federal, Regional, and State Air Quality Issues
Originally presented April 23, 2014
Update on Michigan's Brownfields Program Featuring MDEQ Brownfield Redevelopment Unit Chief Carrie Geyer
Originally presented March 25, 2014
2013 Joint Conference with Air and Waste Management
Originally presented November 6, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan and the Intersection with Water Resource Issues
Originally presented October 15, 2013
2013 Annual Meeting
- Written materials by Ross Hammersley (Proposal for Radioactive Waste Storage on the Bruce Peninsula) 2MB PDF
- Written materials by Steven Price and Sharon Newlon (Proposed Changes to the ASTM E1527-05 and Recent Case Law Regarding BFPPs) PDF
- Written materials by Daniel J. Bicknell (International Environmental Due Diligence Challenge) PDF
Perspectives on Recent Wetlands Amendments in Michigan
In Search Of . . . Judicial Guidance Under Part 201
The K.I.S.S. Principle in Environmental Litigation: ELS Webinar Featuring Charles M. Denton
Originally presented May 21, 2013
- Written materials by Charles M. Denton 56KB PDF
- An Update on Significant Air Cases and Regulations
- Recent and Upcoming Developments for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
- Challenges for Implementing Regulatory Reform in Michigan's Air Program: An Update on the ORR Implementation Process
Emerging Air Quality Laws and Policies: What's on the Horizon in Michigan: 2012 Joint Program: Michigan's Environment in 2012 & Beyond
2012 Annual Meeting
|Paul Sax, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Anna Maiuri, Chair; Susan Hedman, EPA Administrator, Region 5; and Dustin Ordway, Chair-Elect.
CSI, GSI, and Part 201 Updates Teleconference
The Evolving Environmental Regulatory Landscape Conference
Originally presented May 16, 2012.
|Kurt Kissling, vice-chair, and Lee Johnson, chair Air Committee
||Neil Gordon with Vince Hellwig and Skiles Boyd
- Impact of Utility MACT and Other Regulations on Electric Generation PDF, Skiles Boyd, VP Environmental, DTE Energy
- NAAQS Panel Discussion—SO2, ozone, PM2.5, NO2 PDF
- Moderated by Kurt A. Kissling, Attorney, Pepper Hamilton LLP
- Panelists: G. Vinson Hellwig, Air Quality Division Chief, MDEQ; Jessie Rossman, Legal Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council, Midwest Office; Dr. George Wolff, Principal Scientist, Air Improvement Resource, Inc.
- The Changing NAAQS Review Process PDF
- Greenhouse Gas Overview PDF, S. Lee Johnson, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
- Boiler/CISWI PDF, Robert Bessette, President, Council of Industrial Boiler Owners
Webinar: Siting Renewable Energy Projects
Originally Presented February 28, 2012
The Energy Committee of the State Bar of Environmental Law Section explores the state laws relevant to new energy development. This webinar provides a media-focused overview of the environmental regulatory and permitting regimes triggered by new energy projects in Michigan.
View the Webinar—The recorded webinar begins after a simple registration.
New Member Reception
The Environmental Law Section hosted a reception for new members, attorneys interested in membership, and law school students from Cooley and Michigan State University at GP Sports in Grand Rapids February 9. This is our third reception since September 2011, and we are very pleased that participation and interest increases at each event. The ELS welcomes new members Nick Andrew, Detroit; Anna Baumgras, Michiana Land Services, Inc.; and Molly Kuras, Rhoades McKee PC.
|Anna Maiuri, Section chair, with law school students from Cooley and Michigan State University.
||Scott Hubbard and Dennis Donahue with Yasmeen Qadimasil.|
Joint Environmental Conference
Environmental Law Section 30th Anniversary
The Environmental Law Section celebrated its 30th anniversary Thursday, October 6, 2011, at the University Club in Lansing. The Section celebrated the past 30 years of environmental law, its lasting impact on Michigan, and what the future holds. The Environmental Law Section is the oldest environmental law section of a state bar in the country.
We thank our event sponsors—Miller Canfield, Warner Norcross & Judd, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Butzel Long, DTE Energy, PM Environmental, Inc., Dickinson Wright PLLC, Bodman, Ordway Law Firm PLLC, Rhoades McKee PC, and AKT Peerless Environmental & Energy Services.
- Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill 829KB PDF, John Cruden, Environmental Law Institute
- Michigan Environmental Events 1.4MB PDF, Jack D. Bails, Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
|Anna Maiuri, John Cruden, & Claudia Rast
||Steve Price, Beth Bailey, Pete Bosanic, & Andy Foerg from PM Environmental, Inc.
2011 Annual Meeting Materials
2011 Summer Program
Webinar—Michigan's New Energy Development
Air Quality Regulations in 2011: Greenhouse Gases and Beyond
Part 201 Update: Legislative Amendments and Recent Case Law
Sustainability and Climate Change Materials
2009 Annual Meeting Materials