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Governor Walker Retires State Clean-Up Program Through Budget Veto

In an unexpected move, Governor Walker used his line item veto authority of the state budget to retire the Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) by July 20, 2015. PECFA is a long-running state program that provides reimbursement of eligible expenses to owners and operators of facilities that clean up petroleum contamination from underground and aboveground storage tanks.

The program was previously set to expire by July 20, 2020, but the Governor’s veto changes the expiration date to July 20, 2015, giving storage tank owners one week to apply for state assistance. The Governor’s veto message explained that the expiration date was accelerated because “the primary purpose [of PECFA] has been completed.” 

Storage tank owners who had planned on applying to the PECFA by the prior 2020 deadline will now face a decision to apply to the program by July 20, 2015 or proceed at a later date without the additional funding provided by PECFA. 

©2022 MICHAEL BEST & FRIEDRICH LLPNational Law Review, Volume V, Number 194
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Raymond Krueger, Michael Best, environmental energy attorney, climate change legal counsel,
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In a career spanning more than 40 years, Ray has developed a rare practice combining environmental law and law concerning art and architecture. He has also played a major role in the Milwaukee and national art worlds, as well as in local government and conservation efforts.

Ray was one of the early environmental law practitioners in the 1970s and has continued his practice since that time focusing on contaminated property issues in the context of state and federal site clean ups, brownfield development, environmental insurance recovery, and...

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Leah Hurgten Ziemba, Michael Best Law Firm, Agribusiness and Energy Attorney
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Leah takes a big-picture approach in advising clients as they face challenges on environmental, food safety, and regulatory compliance issues. She draws on experience gained in cases involving the EPA, FDA, and other public agencies.

Leah’s success as a counselor, litigator and negotiator reflects her combination of subject matter expertise, industry knowledge, and creativity. Her work includes:

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Cameron F. Field, transactional practice attorney, Michael Best, law firm
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Cameron brings a broad focus to his work advocating for clients in the agribusiness, food and beverage, and energy industries. He assists clients in navigating the state and federal regulatory process and evaluating strategic business decisions. Clients rely on Cameron for well-informed counsel on water and air permitting matters, as well as on hazardous waste reporting and liability questions. 

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