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November 28, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Insurance can help with post-Sandy pollution liability, lawyers say
    Liability insurance can benefit companies facing remediation and defense costs after superstorm Sandy, attorneys John Heintz and Jared Zola write. Comprehensive general liability, or CGL, policies can provide coverage, as can policies more specifically for pollution liability and environmental impairment, they write. Businesses have a short time to report unintended pollution discharges, however, and should do so immediately, even if they are unsure whether they will face any liability, the attorneys write. PropertyCasualty360 (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Worries persist about Sandy's effects on N.J. Superfund sites
    New Jersey environmental officials said superstorm Sandy apparently did not cause pollution to seep from Superfund sites in Bergen and Passaic counties, although testing has taken place at only one of the 11 active sites. "The integrity of the sites doesn't seem to be compromised," said Larry Hajna of the state Department of Environmental Protection. Others express doubts that the storm's impact was so minimal for toxic sites. "What makes a storm like this all the more worse is all the pollution a tidal surge can move around in a place like the Passaic River. ... It has nowhere to go but up the river, and that is where the pollution is," said Alan Blumberg of Stevens Institute of Technology. NorthJersey.com (Hackensack, N.J.) (free registration) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New England industrial laundries face EPA scrutiny over VOCs
    The Environmental Protection Agency has examined emissions of volatile organic compounds at 17 New England industrial laundries in an effort that has lasted five years. The investigations began after a Connecticut inspection led to a lawsuit that was resolved when the business agreed to pay the state $1.8 million. The EPA also has taken action against two other industrial laundries. "We don't always know what's arriving at the laundry, because these companies [that rent shop towels] use different chemicals. So the customer is ultimately liable for what's on the towel," said Joseph Ricci, president and CEO of the Textile Rental Services Association of America. Connecticut Health Investigative Team (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • In some states, chemical regulation stays close to home
    California, Maine and Washington are leading an increasingly state-level effort in the U.S. to force companies to disclose information on ingredients or use alternative ingredients. States are acting in the absence of federal action by Congress or the Environmental Protection Agency, write Peter R. Duchesneau and James G. Votaw. Environmental Leader (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Study: Feds help accelerate adoption of green building
    Governments that have green-procurement policies or green-building mandates can help accelerate the adoption of green-building practices, according to research by Timothy Simcoe and Michael Toffel. "Committing in advance to build green does have spillover effects for private adoption green-building practices, for both the supply of inputs such as contractors and the demand for buildings that are measurably green," said Toffel. HBS Working Knowledge (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Aon sweeps Buyers Choice Awards
    Aon Risk Solutions was the most-recommended broker for service and expertise by middle-market buyers in Business Insurance's second annual Buyers Choice Awards. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aon Flood Secure
    Due to the urgent need of companies directly affected by extensive flooding, Aon Broking created an exclusive flood reinstatement Structured Portfolio Solution for clients. With Flood Secure, replacement coverage can be provided to U.S. organizations with impaired aggregated flood limits. Learn more about this program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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