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Attorney Dan Schleck Provides a Summary of Minnesota Grant Programs

Minnesota has a vast number of well funded grant programs at the State and local level that can provide funds for clean-up, redevelopment, demolition, abatement and infrastructure for real estate development projects. These programs are complicated and require experience to be successful.

Texas Court Does Not Believe in Stigma Damages in Appraisals

Stigma damages have no place in an appraisal, at least not in Texas. Recently in an 8-0 decision, the Texas Supreme Court refused to accept testimony of an appraiser regarding stigma damages saying the conjecture, speculation and guessing was not sufficient proof of such damages.

Attorney Dan Schleck comments on MPCA enforcement efforts against St. Paul Park Refining

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)is stepping up its enforcement efforts for hazardous waste violations and has fined one of the biggest companies in Minnesota. This fine represents the MPCA's renewed efforts at enforcing hazardous waste, stormwater and generally water regulations in Minnesota

New Federal Regulations for Oil Tank Cars are on the Right Track

The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents earlier this year that caused enormous impacts to communities that are not even producing crude oil. Among the proposed rules released by the DOT are new speed limits for trains carrying oil, enhanced safety features for new railcars to carry oil and ethanol, and a quick phasing-out of older cars deemed unsafe. Other measures include advanced braking systems for trains, and expanded oil flammability testing before cargoes are shipped.

Vapor Intrusion Is an Increasing Area of Public and Regulatory Concern

Vapor Intrusion occurs when residual contamination in soil vaporizes and travels into homes, buildings and other enclosed areas. Vapor Intrusion is an increasing area of Public and Regulatory Concern as a new risk pathway for exposure to contaminants.