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Renewed Enforcement Focus On Platers and Metal Finishers

October 20, 2007   Regulators are continuing to pay very close attention to the compliance status of Minnesota’smetal finishing and plating companies.  Regulators are focusing on compliance with hazardous waste and wastewater pretreatment regulations.  Because of the relative small size of metal finishing and plating job shop operations, maintaining compliance with these complex environmental regulations […]

Minnesota Steps Up Enforcement of Wetlands Violations.

October 6, 2007   As reported in the October 6, 2007, Minneapolis StarTribune, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding efforts to identify landowners who are illegally altering or filling wetlands. This fall the DNR is targeting 25 counties in west and central Minnesota. The DNR will conduct surveillance in the Twin Cities […]

Environmental Attorney Joseph Maternowski Featured on KMSP Fox 9 News Analysis

November 14, 2007 On November 13, 2007 Joseph Maternowski, chair of Hessian & McKasy’s Environmental Law Attorney Practice Group, provided legal analysis of issues related to a Fox 9 news story related to an open dump in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.  The segment discussed the laws that apply to open dumps as well as the impacts of […]

MPCA Quarterly Enforcement Docket

November 3, 2007 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Takes Enforcement Action Against Businesses, Business Owners and Local Units of Government  On October 26, 2007, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announced that it had resolved 65 enforcement cases during the third quarter of 2007 collecting nearly $325,000 in civil penalties.  A list of the amounts […]

Relying on Contractors for Legal Advice Can Be Costly

June 6, 2007 A recent administrative case, In the Matter of Service Oil, Inc., Docket No. CWA-08-2005-0010,http://www.epa.gov/aljhomep/orders/service-oil-id-080307.pdf brought by the U. S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) illustrates the business risks on relying on non-legal professionals to advise you on legal issues.  At the administrative hearing, the EPA sought a $40,000 penalty from a company for failing […]

Finance & Commerce 1/17/2012: Environmental Due Diligence

January 17, 2012   Purchasers of commercial and industrial property need to be aware of potential environmental liability.  Careful and thorough review of environmental conditions of a property is the best means to limit exposure to liability.  Environmental concerns related to real estate are discussed in a January 17, 2012 Finance & Commerce article  entitled: […]

8th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute

On Thursday, April 19, 2012 Minnesota Continuing Legal Education will be holding the 8th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute. Participants will receive 6.0 hours of CLE credit.  The program begins at 8:45AM and runs through the afternoon.  Attorney and author Barbara Freese will present the session’s Keynote Address: “Global Warming and the Failure of Business-As-Usual: Time […]

Minnesota Environmental Institute

On Thursday, April 19, 2012 Minnesota Continuing Legal Education will be holding the 8th Annual Minnesota Environmental Institute. Participants will receive 6.0 hours of CLE credit.  The program begins at 8:45AM and runs through the afternoon.  Attorney and author Barbara Freese will present the session’s Keynote Address: “Global Warming and the Failure of Business-As-Usual: Time […]