COVID-19 Affect on Meeting the Time Frame for Conducting Baseline Environmental Assesments

Mar 17, 2020

In a news bulletin issued by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy on March 27, 2020 the following was stated:

"EGLE will address the inability to conduct a baseline environmental assessment (BEA) within the 45 days from date of purchase, occupancy, or foreclosure via a request that the delay is inconsequential as allowed by Part 201, Section 20126(1)(c)(ii), Environmental Remediation or Part 213, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, Section 21323a(1)(b)(iii), of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

A BEA conducted for properties purchased, occupied, or foreclosed on or after February 1, 2020, should be submitted to EGLE with a cover letter indicating the submitter is seeking an inconsequential determination for failure to meet the 45-day statutory requirement to have conducted the BEA. The letter should clearly indicate the failure was due to limitations associated with the executive orders issued by Governor Whitmer related to the Coronavirus pandemic."

EGLE News Bulletin