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Getting You Home Safely Every Day

2015 saw the largest year-over-year percent increase in motor vehicle deaths in the past 50 years, according to the +National Safety Council. Preliminary estimates show 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2015, likely making it the deadliest driving year since 2008. Despite gains in #automobile design and safety advancements, driving an automobile remains a high-risk activity, which requires a constant focus on safety education and application.

Safety is job one for all of us at +AKT Peerless Environmental Services. At its core, safety is applying knowledge, maintaining awareness and remaining focused on what you are doing, constantly. #Safety is a learned mindset – it is an educated awareness that drives you to evaluate surroundings, understand what can occur, and take corrective actions to avoid an unsafe outcome. It is about reading the signs and acting proactively to ensure a positive result.

The case is the same when applied to operating an automobile. As a former first responder who has logged a great many road miles in a wide variety of geographies and conditions, I’ve learned firsthand what it takes to drive safely. I’m hopeful these core concepts can serve to help bring you home safely each and every day.

Introducing SPACE & SPEED

SPACE & SPEED (S&S) is a training concept I’ve developed to help drivers focus their attention on factors that can inhibit their safety when behind the wheel. As driving too fast is often a contributing factor in automobile accidents, the concept of S&S trains you to reduce your SPEED as the SPACE in and around your vehicle is negatively impacted, such as by traffic, intersections, pedestrian crossings, construction, poor road surfaces, noisy passengers, congestion of any kind, or by natural hazards like rain, snow and ice, heavy winds, hilly terrain, animal crossing zones and so on.

The S&S concept views SPACE not just as a buffer zone in terms of distance, but also as the physical aspects, conditions and elements around you and your vehicle. With S&S, included in SPACE is anything and everything that can inhibit your safety while driving. I should note that the condition of your vehicle must also be considered.

So with this understanding, when applying S&S, your SPACE determines your SPEED, up to the designated speed limit – it’s that simple. For example, a dry, straight and flat open road will typically allow you to drive at the posted speed limit because your SPACE or buffer zone is uninhibited. As your SPACE becomes inhibited, you must either add distance (increase your buffer zone) and/or reduce your SPEED according to your abilities. Within the posted speed limits, only you can determine the level of SPEED reduction needed to ensure you will arrive safely at your destination.

When in doubt, slowing down is always a good reaction – it may just save your life. Slowing down and adding SPACE is the absolute best reaction in any situation. If you simply regulate your SPEED based on the “SPACE” around you, you will significantly improve your driving safety.

In addition to S&S, here are some proven habits that you can apply today to help keep you safe while driving:

ALWAYS wear a safety belt. If you do get into an accident, this alone could save your life. This is proven, and I’ve witnessed the bad outcomes of not wearing seat belts too many times. Please wear your safety belt!

ALWAYS make other passengers wear their safety belts, because you could be killed by a passenger propelled through the cab of your vehicle in the event of an accident, especially someone seated directly behind you.

ALWAYS focus on driving the automobile. Distracted driving is often cited as the primary cause of automobile accidents, along with speed and drunk driving. You cannot apply the S&S concept if you are distracted in any way.

ALWAYS stow hard or heavy items in the trunk versus the passenger seat or back seats of the cab, because you could be killed or severely injured by these items propelled through the cab of your vehicle in the event of an accident. A simple can of corn from the grocery store can become a deadly projectile.

ALWAYS use daytime driving lamps to improve the visibility of your vehicle by other drivers.

ALWAYS use the two-second rule to determine minimum following distance or “space” (buffer zone) between you and the vehicle ahead (this is for ideal conditions) – a key rule of S&S.

When stopping in traffic, ALWAYS position your vehicle so you can see the rear tires of the vehicle ahead of you. This will ensure you will have sufficient space to pull around the vehicle in front of you if necessary. This also creates an additional buffer space to allow for greater reaction time, if needed.

ALWAYS be on the look-out for motorcycles. Pay particular attention to the blind spots created by the front corner posts of your vehicle. They often block the view of motorcycles or other vehicles.

ALWAYS know your travel route in advance and allow sufficient drive time. NEVER EVER let an arrival or meeting time alter your safe driving habits.

Everyday driving is not a competition – NEVER allow another driver’s actions to alter your safe driving habits.

And ALWAYS, ALWAYS check your blind spot when making a lane shift. I can’t stress this enough. You CANNOT rely on mirrors alone for this. In addition to checking your mirrors, you MUST ALWAYS turn and look to verify your blind spot is clear before signaling and changing lanes, each and EVERY TIME. And before checking your blind spot, you MUST ALWAYS first ensure you have established sufficient distance (buffer zone) to the front of the vehicle to allow the time you need to physically look at your blind spot. Drivers who do not check their blind spot before lane shifts contribute significantly to auto accidents. Drivers who do check their blind spot (taking their eyes off the roadway to the front), but don’t allow sufficient buffer ahead of their vehicle also cause accidents.

Remember, it isn’t enough to just reduce your SPEED – you must ALWAYS remain focused on driving your vehicle.

We at +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting  recognize the importance of safety training and we’re proud to share this information to help get everyone home safely. Applying the simple concept of SPACE & SPEED in conjunction with these basic habits will help improve your driving safety. We also know awareness is key, so please help us by sharing this information broadly with your family, friends and colleagues – you might just save another life.

If you should have any questions about this content or would like more information, please contact AKT Peerless at 800-985-7633 or visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aktpeerlessenvironmental 

About the Author:
Garrett Geer is Vice-President of Government Affairs & Business Development for AKT Peerless. Garrett has broad experience in community and legislative affairs, strategic communications, issues management and marketing. Additionally, he directs the company’s corporate citizenship initiatives and is a member of +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting  sustainability leadership team.

 
About +AKT Peerless Environmental Services 
We are #environmental consultants, building #scientists and #redevelopment experts who are proud to help build #sustainable communities. We provide environmental, #energy and #sustainability#economicdevelopment, and #construction loan services that are tailored to the needs of each of our clients, private and public sectors alike. And we empower our people to engage, at work and in our communities, to make a difference. Call us at 800-985-7633 to arrange a free consultation. Read More: http://www.aktpeerless.com/driving-space-speed/

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March 1st is Approaching – It’s That Time of Year Again.

The #Federal #government created programs under the #Emergency #Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) that focus on #environmental, #health, and safety issues related to #businesses that use, store, and handle #hazardous and #toxicchemicals.

This #regulation was spurred by catastrophic disasters, including the 1984 Bhopal Disaster, which have killed or injured people and severely damaged the #environment.

One of these programs under EPCRA is known as Tier II #Chemical #Inventory reporting.  In this program, facilities that store certain hazardous #chemicals must make material information available to state and county emergency planning officials, as well as local fire departments.  In essence, these agencies need to know what is in a facility, in the event of an emergency that extends beyond the capabilities of site personnel.

So what has to be reported?

Those facilities that store hazardous chemicals, as that term is defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200(c), above certain threshold quantities must submit an annual Tier II Inventory Form. In general, the threshold quantity is 10,000 pounds (approximately four 55-gallon drums of most liquids), but there is a lower threshold for some extremely hazardous substances.

That appears to include almost everything.

Not really. There are exclusions for many substances, one of which includes food, food additives, color additives, drugs, or cosmetics regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Many automotive fueling stations are also excluded, as long as storage capacities are below certain volumes and the storage tanks are in compliance with federal regulations.

Tier II reporting is not a complicated process, but states have differing submittal requirements (some electronic, some paper) and differing reporting agencies. It is best to know and understand the requirements for your state, as the fines for failure to submit can be staggering.

The bottom line on Tier II reporting is that emergency response agencies just want to know and understand how they can best protect the environment, personnel, and nearby human populations in the event of an incident.

If you need some assistance determining the reporting requirements for your facility, give AKT Peerless a call and we can help out.

About the Authors

Robert “Bob” Lambdin is Senior Vice President of Operations for AKT Peerless.  He has over 30 years of experience in environmental due diligence, site remediation, property condition assessments, and indoor air quality with significant experience servicing the electric generation, petroleum and banking industries.

Sandy Muszynski is a Senior Environmental Consultant with AKT Peerless.  She  has over 25 years of experience in environmental compliance and due diligence with significant emphasis on servicing industrial/manufacturing facilities.

http://www.aktpeerless.com/are-you-ready-for-tier-ii-inventory-reporting/
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March 1st is Approaching – It’s That Time of Year Again.

The #Federal #government created programs under the #Emergency #Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) that focus on #environmental#health, and safety issues related to #businesses that use, store, and handle #hazardous and #toxicchemicals.

This #regulation was spurred by catastrophic disasters, including the 1984 Bhopal Disaster, which have killed or injured people and severely damaged the #environment.

One of these programs under EPCRA is known as Tier II #Chemical #Inventory reporting.  In this program, facilities that store certain hazardous #chemicals must make material information available to state and county emergency planning officials, as well as local fire departments.  In essence, these agencies need to know what is in a facility, in the event of an emergency that extends beyond the capabilities of site personnel.

So what has to be reported?

Those facilities that store hazardous chemicals, as that term is defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations 1910.1200(c), above certain threshold quantities must submit an annual Tier II Inventory Form. In general, the threshold quantity is 10,000 pounds (approximately four 55-gallon drums of most liquids), but there is a lower threshold for some extremely hazardous substances.

That appears to include almost everything.

Not really. There are exclusions for many substances, one of which includes food, food additives, color additives, drugs, or cosmetics regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Many automotive fueling stations are also excluded, as long as storage capacities are below certain volumes and the storage tanks are in compliance with federal regulations.

Tier II reporting is not a complicated process, but states have differing submittal requirements (some electronic, some paper) and differing reporting agencies. It is best to know and understand the requirements for your state, as the fines for failure to submit can be staggering.

The bottom line on Tier II reporting is that emergency response agencies just want to know and understand how they can best protect the environment, personnel, and nearby human populations in the event of an incident.

If you need some assistance determining the reporting requirements for your facility, give AKT Peerless a call and we can help out.

About the Authors

Robert “Bob” Lambdin is Senior Vice President of Operations for AKT Peerless.  He has over 30 years of experience in environmental due diligence, site remediation, property condition assessments, and indoor air quality with significant experience servicing the electric generation, petroleum and banking industries.

Sandy Muszynski is a Senior Environmental Consultant with AKT Peerless.  She  has over 25 years of experience in environmental compliance and due diligence with significant emphasis on servicing industrial/manufacturing facilities.

http://www.aktpeerless.com/are-you-ready-for-tier-ii-inventory-reporting/
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has posted a presentation/webinar on the topic of ‪#‎Michigan‬’s new Underground Storage Tank (‪#‎UST‬) Cleanup Fund on its website. The webinar is located at this link: http://www.michamber.com/understanding-michigan-new-underground-storage-tank-cleanup-fund

A critical deadline occurs on March 30th of this year (extended from January 31st), so it is important that UST owners/operators act quickly. The webinar will help you understand this deadline and leverage the full scope of the ‪#‎MUSTA‬ program. For additional resources and helpful links on the MUSTA program, please visit our recent blog post located at this link: http://www.aktpeerless.com/musta-clean-up-fund-now-available/

Feel free to share this with anyone who may have an interest. If you have any questions about this or if we can be of assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached directly at 989-754-9896 or via email at jon@aktpeerless.com.
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Five year extension of the Commercial Rehabilitation Act sunset will make more #redevelopment projects possible in #Michigan

On December 18th, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill No. 556 into law, amending Michigan’s Commercial Rehabilitation Act (CRA). The CRA (P.A. 210 of 2005) had been set to expire at the end of 2015, but the amendment serves to extend the sunset by five years to December 31, 2020. This is great news for #developers and communities throughout Michigan.

Tax #abatements like the CRA can encourage #economicdevelopment by significantly boosting a new project’s income in the years soon after completion. This reduces the risk of default on loans by making it easier to meet debt service obligations. It also helps raise equity for projects on the front end by increasing the likelihood of providing an acceptable long-term return to investors. Moreover, local control over #redevelopment priorities is enhanced, because the #abatements must be run through #municipalities before state approval.

Historically, Michigan has taken a complicated, multi-statute patchwork approach to tax abatements. In addition to the CRA, Michigan offers the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (P.A. 146 of 2000), the #Industrial #Facilities Exemption (P.A. 198 of 1978), the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (P.A. 147 of 1992), and the #Commercial Facilities Exemption (P.A. 255 of 1978). Each of these abatements (and there are more!) applies to different types of development, offers different levels of benefits, and places differing restrictions on developers and property owners during the #abatement application and approval processes.

The extension of the CRA’s sunset is important, because the CRA is flexible in ways that other Michigan abatements are not, especially for #redevelopment of downtown properties. Specifically, the CRA has two distinctions which make it a critical tool for developers:

It allows for full #demolition of existing structures. Some buildings are simply too #blighted to be re-used in any fashion. Other abatements, like the Obsolete Property #Rehabilitation Act, cannot be applied to these types of projects because of significant restrictions on the extent of demolition permitted.

In many circumstances, the CRA can be applied to vacant property. This is especially important in #urban areas where blight removal activities have created large tracts of vacant land. Often, these tracts of land are contaminated or contain large amounts of fill material that cannot be constructed on, increasing #redevelopment costs.

The benefit of a CRA abatement can be substantial. Say, for example, that a developer purchases a qualifying piece of vacant #commercial land with a taxable value of $350,000. The developer then invests $7 million in new improvements on the property. Property taxes at the time of acquisition would be ~$19,000 per year. After the improvements – but in the absence of an abatement – property taxes would shoot up to ~$212,000 per year. A CRA abatement would reduce the property owner’s tax bill to ~$120,000 per year, bringing a $92,000 annual savings to the property owner.

Over ten years, the maximum term of a CRA exemption, the property owner would likely see a cumulative benefit in excess of $1 million. In certain cases, this type of benefit can be further enhanced by layering additional incentives, such as a #brownfield reimbursement.

Two recent +AKT Peerless Environmental Services  projects that took advantage of the CRA were Orleans Landing and Du Charme Place in the City of #Detroit. Both projects were constructed on vacant or largely vacant properties whose blight conditions had stymied years of #redevelopment efforts. The CRA was the only applicable real property tax abatement for these projects, and neither would have been financially feasible without an abatement. The 10-year Orleans Landing incentive is valued at $5.8 million, and the Du Charme Place incentive is valued at $1.9 million. Both projects are currently under construction and are revitalizing their respective neighborhoods.

With the extension of the CRA, more projects like Orleans Landing and Du Charme Place will be possible. Tax incentives in Michigan can be complicated, but +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting  can help. For questions about economic development services, please call me directly at (517) 482-9227 or email me at stuntzb@aktpeerless.com.

About +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting 
We are environmental consultants, building scientists and redevelopment experts who are proud to help build sustainable communities.  We provide environmental, energy and sustainability, economic development, and construction loan services that are tailored to the needs of each of our clients, private and public sectors alike.  And we empower our people to engage, at work and in our communities, to make a difference.  Call us at 800-985-7633 to arrange a free consultation.

About the Author
Bret Stuntz is an #attorney and a #geologist. He is +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting Regional Manager for Mid & West Michigan and the company’s service line leader for #Economic #Development.
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Five year extension of the Commercial Rehabilitation Act sunset will make more #redevelopment projects possible in #Michigan

On December 18th, Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill No. 556 into law, amending Michigan’s Commercial Rehabilitation Act (CRA). The CRA (P.A. 210 of 2005) had been set to expire at the end of 2015, but the amendment serves to extend the sunset by five years to December 31, 2020. This is great news for #developers and communities throughout Michigan.

Tax #abatements like the CRA can encourage #economicdevelopment by significantly boosting a new project’s income in the years soon after completion. This reduces the risk of default on loans by making it easier to meet debt service obligations. It also helps raise equity for projects on the front end by increasing the likelihood of providing an acceptable long-term return to investors. Moreover, local control over #redevelopment priorities is enhanced, because the #abatements must be run through #municipalities before state approval.

Historically, Michigan has taken a complicated, multi-statute patchwork approach to tax abatements. In addition to the CRA, Michigan offers the Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (P.A. 146 of 2000), the #Industrial #Facilities Exemption (P.A. 198 of 1978), the Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (P.A. 147 of 1992), and the #Commercial Facilities Exemption (P.A. 255 of 1978). Each of these abatements (and there are more!) applies to different types of development, offers different levels of benefits, and places differing restrictions on developers and property owners during the #abatement application and approval processes.

The extension of the CRA’s sunset is important, because the CRA is flexible in ways that other Michigan abatements are not, especially for #redevelopment of downtown properties. Specifically, the CRA has two distinctions which make it a critical tool for developers:

It allows for full #demolition of existing structures. Some buildings are simply too #blighted to be re-used in any fashion. Other abatements, like the Obsolete Property #Rehabilitation Act, cannot be applied to these types of projects because of significant restrictions on the extent of demolition permitted.

In many circumstances, the CRA can be applied to vacant property. This is especially important in #urban areas where blight removal activities have created large tracts of vacant land. Often, these tracts of land are contaminated or contain large amounts of fill material that cannot be constructed on, increasing #redevelopment costs.

The benefit of a CRA abatement can be substantial. Say, for example, that a developer purchases a qualifying piece of vacant #commercial land with a taxable value of $350,000. The developer then invests $7 million in new improvements on the property. Property taxes at the time of acquisition would be ~$19,000 per year. After the improvements – but in the absence of an abatement – property taxes would shoot up to ~$212,000 per year. A CRA abatement would reduce the property owner’s tax bill to ~$120,000 per year, bringing a $92,000 annual savings to the property owner.

Over ten years, the maximum term of a CRA exemption, the property owner would likely see a cumulative benefit in excess of $1 million. In certain cases, this type of benefit can be further enhanced by layering additional incentives, such as a #brownfield reimbursement.

Two recent +AKT Peerless Environmental Services  projects that took advantage of the CRA were Orleans Landing and Du Charme Place in the City of #Detroit. Both projects were constructed on vacant or largely vacant properties whose blight conditions had stymied years of #redevelopment efforts. The CRA was the only applicable real property tax abatement for these projects, and neither would have been financially feasible without an abatement. The 10-year Orleans Landing incentive is valued at $5.8 million, and the Du Charme Place incentive is valued at $1.9 million. Both projects are currently under construction and are revitalizing their respective neighborhoods.

With the extension of the CRA, more projects like Orleans Landing and Du Charme Place will be possible. Tax incentives in Michigan can be complicated, but +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting  can help. For questions about economic development services, please call me directly at (517) 482-9227 or email me at stuntzb@aktpeerless.com.

About +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting 
We are environmental consultants, building scientists and redevelopment experts who are proud to help build sustainable communities.  We provide environmental, energy and sustainability, economic development, and construction loan services that are tailored to the needs of each of our clients, private and public sectors alike.  And we empower our people to engage, at work and in our communities, to make a difference.  Call us at 800-985-7633 to arrange a free consultation.

About the Author
Bret Stuntz is an #attorney and a #geologist. He is +AKT Peerless Environmental Consulting Regional Manager for Mid & West Michigan and the company’s service line leader for #Economic #Development.
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What UST owners & operators should know for 2016

The Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) is now open as a means for underground storage tank owners to meet their financial responsibility requirements. Owners and operators can now chose to utilize the State’s underground storage tank (UST) clean-up fund as their means of demonstrating financial responsibility and eliminate their current private-sector UST insurance program. In general, UST owners and operators can realize a annual cost savings by utilizing this program.

The State of Michigan’s fund requires a $50,000 deductible financial responsibility mechanism in the event a claim submitted as a result of a release from a properly operated #UST system. However, owners or operators, or their affiliates, of fewer than eight refined #petroleum UST’s have an option to “buy down” the deductible to $15,000 per claim by paying an annual fee of $500 per tank. Robert Reisner from the +Michigan DEQ (MDEQ), the Authority’s Administrator of the fund, shares that he is seeing quite a number of “buy downs” as well as “Requests for Determination of Eligibility” to MUSTA.

Understand that claims will not be accepted until January 1st, 2016; however, now is the time to prepare and submit your documentation so that you can be ready to utilize this means of insuring your UST’s and as a means of limiting financial burden in the event of a release. Here are a few links to get you started if you are interested in utilizing this new program:

Consider if you are eligible for the “buy down” application.

Submit a Documentation of Financial Responsibility Submittal Form

Once you have documented your financial responsibility mechanism (above, can be combined with this step), is to submit a Request for Determination of Eligibility

Once these simple steps have been completed, MUSTA will review your submittal and either send a letter of approval outlining the conditions required for maintaining eligibility to the program or they may request more information if the documents are not fully completed as required. Once approval is made, The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Fire Services, Storage Tank Division (LARA) will be copied on the approval letter and will keep it as your proof of financial responsibility. You, the owner or operator, should maintain a copy of the letter as well.

For more information, the MDEQ’s MUSTA web site is located here.

If you have further questions or if we can be of service in any way, please call on us – we stand ready to serve your needs. I can be reached directly at 989-754-9896 or email me at jon@aktpeerless.com. At AKT Peerless, we work smartly and efficiently to create “A Better Environment for Your Business.”

About the Author
Jon Hirschenberger is a Group Leader at AKT Peerless and has more than 13 years of environmental consulting experience. As a Certified Professional #Geologist (CPG), he primarily provides regulatory compliance solutions to UST owners and operators. His other roles at AKT Peerless include management of #duediligence#remediation and #industrial compliance projects.

About AKT Peerless
We are #environmental consultants, building #scientists and redevelopment experts who are proud to help build #sustainable communities.  We provide environmental, #energy and sustainability, #economic #development, and #construction loan services that are tailored to the needs of each of our clients, private and public sectors alike.  With over 30 years of experience servicing the UST market, we have the depth and expertise of thousands of regulated releases and closures to creatively and efficiently assist your UST project goals.  Call us at 800-985-7633 to arrange a free consultation or visit us at www.aktpeerless.com or at www.facebook.com/aktpeerlessenvironmental.

+AKT Peerless Environmental Services 
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What UST owners & operators should know for 2016

The Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) is now open as a means for underground storage tank owners to meet their financial responsibility requirements. Owners and operators can now chose to utilize the State’s underground storage tank (UST) clean-up fund as their means of demonstrating financial responsibility and eliminate their current private-sector UST insurance program. In general, UST owners and operators can realize a annual cost savings by utilizing this program.

The State of Michigan’s fund requires a $50,000 deductible financial responsibility mechanism in the event a claim submitted as a result of a release from a properly operated #UST system. However, owners or operators, or their affiliates, of fewer than eight refined #petroleum UST’s have an option to “buy down” the deductible to $15,000 per claim by paying an annual fee of $500 per tank. Robert Reisner from the +Michigan DEQ  (MDEQ), the Authority’s Administrator of the fund, shares that he is seeing quite a number of “buy downs” as well as “Requests for Determination of Eligibility” to MUSTA.

Understand that claims will not be accepted until January 1st, 2016; however, now is the time to prepare and submit your documentation so that you can be ready to utilize this means of insuring your UST’s and as a means of limiting financial burden in the event of a release. Here are a few links to get you started if you are interested in utilizing this new program:

Consider if you are eligible for the “buy down” application.

Submit a Documentation of Financial Responsibility Submittal Form

Once you have documented your financial responsibility mechanism (above, can be combined with this step), is to submit a Request for Determination of Eligibility

Once these simple steps have been completed, MUSTA will review your submittal and either send a letter of approval outlining the conditions required for maintaining eligibility to the program or they may request more information if the documents are not fully completed as required. Once approval is made, The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Fire Services, Storage Tank Division (LARA) will be copied on the approval letter and will keep it as your proof of financial responsibility. You, the owner or operator, should maintain a copy of the letter as well.

For more information, the MDEQ’s MUSTA web site is located here: http://michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4109_9977_73545---,00.html.

If you have further questions or if we can be of service in any way, please call on us – we stand ready to serve your needs. I can be reached directly at 989-754-9896 or email me at jon@aktpeerless.com. At AKT Peerless, we work smartly and efficiently to create “A Better Environment for Your Business.”

About the Author
Jon Hirschenberger is a Group Leader at AKT Peerless and has more than 13 years of #environmental consulting experience. As a Certified Professional #Geologist (CPG), he primarily provides regulatory compliance solutions to UST owners and operators. His other roles at AKT Peerless include management of due diligence, remediation and industrial compliance projects.

About +AKT Peerless Environmental Services 
We are environmental consultants, building scientists and redevelopment experts who are proud to help build sustainable communities.  We provide environmental, energy and sustainability, economic development, and construction loan services that are tailored to the needs of each of our clients, private and public sectors alike.  With over 30 years of experience servicing the UST market, we have the depth and expertise of thousands of regulated releases and closures to creatively and efficiently assist your UST project goals.  Call us at 800-985-7633 to arrange a free consultation or visit us at www.aktpeerless.com or at www.facebook.com/aktpeerlessenvironmental.

+AKT Peerless Environmental Services 
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