Environmental

Our environmental services are trusted far and wide – and for good reason.

Mika Meyers represents corporate, governmental, and citizen clients in a broad range of environmental, land use, and litigation issues. Members of our Environmental Law team possess litigation, business, energy, real estate, estate planning, and municipal law backgrounds. Our attorneys further specialize in particular aspects of environmental law, including transactional advice, underground storage tank regulation, air, water and land use permits, natural resource use issues, insurance litigation, and federal and state enforcement actions. We have also been actively involved in drafting and revising state environmental statutes and regulations with the Michigan Legislature and Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

The firm has extensive experience in all types of environmental litigation and administrative practice, including state and federal enforcement actions, water rights disputes, citizen suits under environmental statutes, defense of criminal prosecutions, Superfund, Part 201 and MEPA litigation, defense of class action claims, environmental insurance claims, and common law tort actions. Additionally, our environmental attorneys assist clients with environmental permit applications, zoning proceedings involving environmental issues, right-to-know programs, and environmental auditing. We also provide a variety of environmental services to municipal clients, and counsel individual and business clients in connection with real estate transactions and regulatory compliance.

If you need a highly accessible team who will answer when called on and make your challenge their greatest priority, turn to us. Our environmental services include these areas:

  • General environmental counseling
  • Environmental enforcement litigation
  • Environmental insurance litigation
  • Cost recovery and contribution claim litigation
  • Toxic tort claims
  • Site remediation
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Hazardous waste regulation and transportation
  • Oil and gas/utility regulation
  • Clean Air Act (CAA) compliance, permitting, and litigation
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, permitting, and litigation
  • Sand dune and shoreline protection statutes
  • Employee/community right-to-know
  • Regulatory takings (inverse condemnation)
  • Riparian rights disputes
  • Mediation and arbitration of environmental disputes
  • Brownfield redevelopment projects and funding
  • Environmental auditing
  • Class action and toxic tort claims
  • Groundwater rights and usage issues
  • Environmental permitting and administrative proceedings
  • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act (SESCA) permitting
  • Spill reporting
  • Wetland regulation
  • Sand dune and shoreland protection permitting
  • Natural resource damage claims
  • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  • Michigan Environmental Protection Act claims
  • Real estate and business transactions involving environmental issues

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Water and Air Quality

The Environmental Law team at Mika Meyers is composed of recognized experts in the field of state and federal regulations concerning water and air quality. We are exceptionally able to assist clients in developing effective strategies to respond to the practical and legal challenges posed by the nation’s clean water and air laws. Our team represents industrial and commercial entities, trade associations, and large local government clients, as well as individuals.

Water

Environmental law has evolved significantly since the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972. It now involves the management of complex, large-scale projects in which water pollution control is only a small part. Our attorneys are qualified to address a wide range of water-related legal and business issues on behalf of our clients, from source-point pollution control to major redevelopment projects impacting wetlands, brownfields, and watersheds.

  • Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance, permitting and litigation
  • Water resource protection
  • Groundwater rights and usage issues
  • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Act (SESCA) permitting
  • Wetlands regulation and development
  • Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  • Riparian rights disputes
  • Brownfield redevelopment
  • Storm water regulation
Air

Poor-quality air poses a serious risk to public health. The Clean Air Act (CAA), enacted in 1977 and enforced by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the EPA, monitors and regulates safety levels of airborne pollutants, such as ozone and carbon monoxide. Amendments enacted in 1990 made the act stronger and more comprehensive. The Environmental Law team at Mika Meyers has extensive experience in every aspect of outdoor and indoor air emissions management and is well qualified to counsel clients on matters pertaining to air quality and its impact on their proposed actions.

Remediation and Redevelopment

The Environmental Law practice at Mika Meyers has extensive expertise in site remediation, helping industrial, commercial, and governmental clients manage potential liabilities associated with contaminated soil and groundwater. We work with clients to identify potential problems, partner with officials and contractors to address these problems promptly and cost effectively, and take advantage of available funding or tax benefits for voluntary cleanup or “brownfield” projects. Our attorneys are exceptionally well equipped to help clients maximize the value of their environmentally impaired assets.

  • Superfund site clean-up
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Hazardous waste regulation and transportation
  • Brownfield redevelopment projects and funding
Environmental Litigation

The Environmental Law practice at Mika Meyers provides expert counsel to public and private entities involved in all types of environmental litigation. We assist clients with lawsuits involving environmental issues in federal and state courts throughout the country. From citizen suits to complex cases involving multiple stakeholders with complex interests, our skilled environmental attorneys have extensive experience in all types of environmental litigation:

  • State and federal enforcement actions
  • Water rights disputes
  • Citizen suits under environmental statutes
  • Land use and contaminated property
  • Defense of criminal prosecutions
  • Superfund, Part 201 and MEPA litigation
  • Defense of class action claims
  • Environmental insurance claims
  • Common law tort actions
  • Regulatory takings
  • Community/employee right-to-know
  • Cost recovery and contribution lawsuits

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