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Regulatory Compliance


Understanding the rules and regulations is key to the success of any environmental issue. At Varnum, we have represented clients on many regulatory compliance issues and cases, including:

  • Compliance audits, legal counsel and assistance with ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems legal issues, registration and auditing
  • Environmental sustainability, legal issues and counseling
  • Representation of municipalities as general and special counsel for environmental regulatory and enforcement matters, including landfill liabilities and industrial pretreatment programs
  • Representation on Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulatory compliance and removal and remediation of leaking USTs
  • Preparation of technical and support documents for environmental impact reviews required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Response to client concerns in federal and state agency environmental rule-making
  • Environmental record-keeping, retention/destruction policies and document management/control
  • Guidance to clients concerning employee and community hazardous chemical “right-to-know” laws, including Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)/Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) Title III
  • Counsel regarding compliance with PCB, lead paint and asbestos regulations, spill reporting and remedial solutions
  • Michigan Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance (MUSTFA) reimbursement denials appealed successfully with UST corrective costs paid to clients from State Fund
  • Advice on air, waste, and water permitting developments for industry and local government, including Underground Injection Control (UIC) permitting
  • Environmental justice considerations for permitting and development

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Matt Zimmerman at 616/336-6536 or

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