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January 2, 2013

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Analysis: Bankruptcy, reorganization help firms shift lead liability
    Some companies have been able to limit lead-related environmental liabilities through bankruptcy or reorganizations, shifting cleanup costs to taxpayers, according to a USA Today analysis. Although a successor company typically doesn't face liability for contamination at factories run by a firm that it has acquired, a purchaser may be unable to escape liability if it exists as the result of a de facto merger with the previous operator, or if it is simply a continuation of the previous firm, said Robert Glicksman, a professor at George Washington University Law School. USA Today (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Post-Sandy testing of N.Y., N.J. Superfund sites raises concerns
    The Environmental Protection Agency is monitoring nearly 250 Superfund sites in New Jersey and New York after superstorm Sandy, but hasn't provided details regarding soil and water testing at most of those sites, according to this article. The agency has said that none of the sites was significantly damaged by flooding, although it has taken follow-up samples from some sites. For example, at the Raritan Bay Slag site, "If they don't cap that or seal it or clean it up, arsenic will continue to make its way slowly into groundwater and lead will be distributed around the neighborhood," said Gabriel Fillippeli of the Center for Urban Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts disagree on best way to fight Legionella in water systems
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has touted chlorination as the best way to keep Legionella out of buildings' water systems, but overall, experts disagree over which prevention method or methods are optimal. "The available data is still very limited, and the various manufacturers all believe theirs is best. The type of national study to look at all these various systems has simply not been done," said Glenn Morris, director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • EPA releases final rules on industrial boiler emissions
    The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized rules for greenhouse-gas emission limits at large industrial boilers. The rules require about 2,300 large sites in the U.S. to comply with the set limits within three years, with a one-year extension available to enable the installation of control equipment. EPA said the rule will reduce the industry's annual compliance expenses. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.J. bill would prohibit "fracking" pending EPA study results
    A measure introduced by New Jersey state Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon would prohibit hydraulic fracturing there until the state reviews the findings of a study by the Environmental Protection Agency. Gov. Chris Christie placed a yearlong moratorium on the practice after vetoing a bill that would have barred fracking waste from being treated or stored in the state. (Hackensack, N.J.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Green Construction 
  • Historic building in Minneapolis earns LEED Gold certification
    The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded the renovated Ford Center tower in Minneapolis with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold status, making it one of the few historic buildings to earn the certification. "Achieving LEED Gold certification was always one of our goals with the renovation of Ford Center, so we're very pleased to have achieved gold certification on this historic building," said Bill Katter of United Properties, which owns the building. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • A second chance at environmental regulation
    Alexander Gordon of Aon Environmental Services Group discusses some of the issues facing business executives and risk managers during the second term of the Obama administration. What types of regulatory actions can be expected over the next four years? Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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