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May 23, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Companies agree to settle with S.C. agency after cleanup tops $4.3M
    A federal lawsuit filed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control against companies including Milliken and BMW Manufacturing is being settled, according to court records. The agency sued to recover cleanup costs for wastewater and hazardous-material discharges at a container-recycling facility, which reached $4.3 million by last summer, officials said in court filings. The companies in the lawsuit used the facility in transporting, treating or disposing of hazardous waste, according to the agency. The Greenville News (S.C.) (subscription required) (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA and states consider ways to prevent vapor intrusion
    Federal and state regulators are still developing methods to prevent vapor intrusion, a "relatively new" way pollutants can harm people, said John Boyer of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council, which is working to tackle the issue. The Environmental Protection Agency is working to develop its rules two decades after a major vapor-intrusion discovery in Massachusetts. Wisconsin issued guidelines two years ago. Herald Times Reporter (Manitowoc, Wis.) (5/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Pollution insurance can guard firms involved in fracking
    Hydraulic fracturing is set to "test traditional theories of liability and insurance coverage" as it comes to New York, where regulators are expected to issue rules on the process by the end of the year, write attorneys Thomas Segalla, Andrew Scholz and Matthew Cabral. General commercial liability policies often include pollution-exclusion provisions, but pollution insurance policies can provide companies with defense and indemnity in case of damages or injuries from fracking-related pollution, they write. Thomson Reuters (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • CDC reduces the level for determining lead poisoning in children
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has decreased the minimum level for lead poisoning in children to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. That amount is half the previous threshold, which was unchanged for two decades. The new threshold could cause the number of children found to have lead poisoning to quadruple, reaching 1 million, said Dr. John Rosen of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Database aims to push buildings toward sustainability
    An online database developed by Honest Buildings aims to push architects, contractors and building owners and managers to make buildings more energy-efficient, writes Derek Top. The site contains data from 350,000 commercial and mixed-use buildings, as well as information from energy-efficiency programs such as Energy Star and various green-building codes. The database includes information on benefits realized from energy-efficiency initiatives. Top's blog (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • N.J. Superior Court strikes a blow to natural-resource-damage claims
    The New Jersey Superior Court, which historically has been aggressive in dealing with natural-resource-damage claims, sided with Essex Chemical and not the state Department of Environmental Protection in a recent decision. Read more in this article by M. Claire Juliana, director of environmental claims in Aon Risk Solutions' Environmental practice. Note that the views, if any, expressed in this article are not necessarily those of Aon or its clients. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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