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Presenter: Benjamin L. Fruchey and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Livonia, MI

Type: Downloadable MP3+PDF

Product Code: 15348

Product Number: 17 MIWLAWSR 9 19 MPDF

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This learning activity provides up to 5.25 continuing education hours to attorneys and professional engineers. It is incumbent on each participant to know if this learning methodology qualifies for continuing education credit for their professional license. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility, or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance. This activity does not qualify for AIA Learning Units.

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:15 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:15 - 4:00 pm

Complying with Water Quality Laws and Regulations
N. Schroek

   State and federal water quality regulations
   Stormwater regulations
   Sewerage regulations
   Industrial and agricultural programs
   Public water supply
   Water wells

Energy Production: Potential Water Supply and Quality Issues
O. Salim

   Water use in natural gas and oil production
   Regulations applicable to mines and wells
   Water use in renewable energy production
   Water need, supply options and challenges
   Potential risks to groundwater and surface water
   Pending enforcement cases

Clean Water Law Update
M. Lawrence

   History and development
   “Waters of the United States”
      • Definition and practical meaning with case examples
   Waters of the United States after the Rapanos case
      • The significant-nexus test
      • Executive Order changes and adoption of Justice Scalia’s opinion in Rapanos
      • Practical advice going forward

Wetland Permitting and Mitigation
J. Weiner

   What are wetlands and why are they important?
      • Types of wetlands
      • Why are wetlands important?
   How are wetlands identified?
   Are there wetlands on my property?
   Federal, State, and local wetland regulations
   Wetland permits
   Wetland mitigation
   Non-profit land conservancies and local governments

Emerging and Developing Issues in Water Law
B. Fruchey

   Lead (Pb) in drinking water
      • Adverse health effects
      • Sources and control of Pb
      • Case study: Flint water crisis
      • Litigation – claims, defenses and heightened sensitivity
   Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs):
      An emerging constituent of concern
      • What are they and why are they a problem?
      • Status of environmental regulations
      • Remediation of PFCs


Benjamin L. Fruchey

Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC, Livonia
Mr. Fruchey’ s practice focuses on environmental, toxic tort, mass tort and products liability litigation, permitting and compliance with environmental regulations, and defending against alleged violations of environmental regulations. He also has experience defending against personal injury lawsuits, class action lawsuits relating to alleged nuisance odors and lawsuits under Michigan’s Ski Area Safety Act. Before law school, Mr. Fruchey worked as an environmental consultant for a national environmental consulting firm. While there, he worked on matters involving CERCLA, RCRA and TSCA, and he has extensive experience conducting soil and groundwater sampling in accordance with the appropriate operational memos under NREPA, including Parts 213 and 201, among others. Mr. Fruchey is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) and the Fowlerville Business Association. He is the former chairperson the Portland Zoning Board of Appeals.

Marc Lawrence

Lawrence Law, PLC, Novi
Mr. Lawrence focuses his practice in complex commercial, contract, business, real estate, and environmental litigation. He has extensive experience litigating state and federal environmental claims, including groundwater contamination, natural resource damage, and product liability claims, including claims under the CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and Michigan’s Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA). He also has experience in environmental, land use, and wetlands permitting; due diligence; easements and adverse possession; supplier/distributor agreements; community associations; and a wide variety of other commercial and business matters. He also worked on policy analysis for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in the Environmental Assistance Division prior to becoming an attorney. Mr. Lawrence graduated with honors from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he was a senior editor of the Law Review. He received his two undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University’s James Madison College. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and the American Bar Association, and the Litigation and Environmental Law Sections, and the Pretrial Practice and Discovery and Environmental Litigation Committees.

Oday Salim

Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Detroit
Mr. Salim is the senior attorney at the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Salim obtained his law degree in 2008 from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit and his LL.M. degree in 2009 in Natural Resources and Environment from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He practiced in Pennsylvania for several years. While there he was staff attorney at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s environmental law clinic and senior attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services. His work has involved policy development, civil litigation, permit appeals, and counseling. Among other things, Mr. Salim has done work on oil and gas, land use and zoning, stormwater management, NPDES and Clean Air Act permitting, and environmental justice. He has also taught energy law and oil & gas law as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School and Lewis & Clark Law School.

Nicholas Schroeck

Wayne State University Law School, Detroit
Professor Schroeck directs and teaches the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State University Law School. In addition, he is executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. Previously, Professor Schroeck worked for the National Wildlife Federation, America’s largest conservation organization, out of its Great Lakes Natural Resources Center in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the federation, he was a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. Professor Schroeck is a licensed Michigan attorney and a graduate of Wayne Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and Political Science from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

James T. Weiner

James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C., Bingham Farms
Mr. Weiner has represented organizations of various sizes from Fortune 100 corporations to “mom-and-pop” operations and non-profit corporations in an extensive variety of issues involving environmental law, energy law, contracts, technology protection, corporate issues, business, litigation, real property, land protection, construction law, and estate planning. Mr. Weiner’s background in wetlands and permitting includes development of procedures for wetland mitigation projects for a local land conservancy and oversight of several wetland mitigation and preservation projects. Mr. Weiner’s background in environmental issues includes: protection of natural areas; representation of non-profit land conservancies; developing wetland mitigation procedures; compliance with a wide range of environmental laws; environmental litigation; the sale and transfer of environmentally-contaminated properties; cleanup of contaminated sites and leaking underground storage tanks; and hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal and permitting in various states and Canada. Mr. Weiner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with honors from Wayne State University in 1980, a Masters degree in Business Administration (Finance and International Business) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Detroit in 1991. Mr. Weiner has taught environmental law at Wayne State University and construction law at Macomb Community College as an adjunct professor for both institutions. Mr. Weiner’s experience includes over 25 years as a practicing attorney and over ten years as a chemical and environmental engineer in various industries.