Be careful not to stub your toe when dragging your feet in Michigan.
Michigan has a substantial backlog of cleanups from LUSTs (leaking underground storage tanks). Responsible parties know it and some have opted to create their own remediation timelines contrary to MI rules. Michigan regulators are catching on and taking action. In Department of Natural Resources and Environmental v. Strefling Oil Company, et al., an owner was faced with costs, fines and penalties due to his neglecting official deadlines for completing remediation milestones and submitting supporting documentation. The fine exceeded $800,000.00 and was upheld by the appellate court.
Many facility owners cringe at thought of having to manage remediation and incur the cost associated therewith. However, in Michigan (and many other states), it’s best to move forward in a timely manner (and grumble and curse if necessary) rather than incur the additional cost down the road of penalties and the headaches of litigation.
By: Nichole Crosby, 7G