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October 24, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Firms, 5 men found guilty of extensive asbestos dumping in N.Y.
    Two solid-waste-disposal companies based in New Jersey and five men were convicted of criminal conspiracy to dump large amounts of asbestos near the Mohawk River in New York, in violation of the Clean Water Act. Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Benedict said the defendants used a fake permit to transport and dump millions of pounds of asbestos from demolished buildings -- enough to make a Superfund site. Children had unknowingly been riding bicycles through large piles of the material. The defendants could be responsible for paying cleanup costs, likely to total millions of dollars, Benedict said. The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texaco appeals $19M Miss. ruling over fumes from underground tanks
    Texaco is appealing a Mississippi county jury's decision to award $19 million to five women over leaded-gas fumes that the women say caused illness and disability in their children. The state Supreme Court will hear the case in December. Texaco says it never owned, operated or controlled the gas station or tanks at the site where the women say they were exposed to fumes during a renovation. Insurance Journal/The Associated Press (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Lawsuit alleges Calif. failed to weigh risks of hydraulic fracturing
    California regulators haven't assessed the potential health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing and are in violation of the law, a group of environmentalists said in a lawsuit. An industry group, however, said California has properly regulated oil and natural gas operations. Regulators said they have already begun to address the "gap between the requirements placed on oil and gas operators to safely construct and maintain their wells, and the information they provide" to state officials. The Washington Times (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Businesses face uncertainty from regulations, gridlock
    Inaction in Congress and a potential swath of new federal regulation pose steep concerns for U.S. industry trying to plan ahead, writes Jim McTague. A rule to be considered in December by the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, could mean that parts of the U.S. are "closed for new business," said American Chemistry Council spokeswoman Anne Kolton. Barron's (free content) (10/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How significant of a concern is mold/fungi/legionella for your organization?
    High  43.75%
    Low  37.50%
    Moderate  12.50%
    Not a concern  6.25%
  • Do you view environmental insurance as a buffer to liability that can "sweeten" a deal to sell or lease a property?

  Green Construction 
  • Baseball's best parks for going green
    This article highlights seven of the most energy-efficient baseball stadiums in the U.S., many of which have achieved LEED certification. "Major League Baseball has really been a pioneer in the sports greening movement by committing holistically to environmental stewardship, which of course includes energy efficiency and water efficiency," said Alice Henly, one of the authors of the Sports Greening Project's Game Changer Report. Alliance to Save Energy (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Aon Environmental presents on environmental and construction claims
    M. Claire Juliana, J.D., director of environmental claims, will be participating as a panelist at a Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) conference in Nashville, Tenn. The topic to be addressed is "An Overview Discussion of the Common Claims Impacting Today's Environmental and Construction Marketplace: from Asbestos, to Chinese Drywall to Mold." The CLM Construction and Environmental Mini-Conference will be held Nov. 9 in Nashville, Tenn. Register and get more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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