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October 17, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • EPA order would add to $809M cleanup of 2010 Mich. oil spill
    A proposed order by the Environmental Protection Agency means that Enbridge could face tens of millions of dollars more in cleanup costs related to a 2010 oil-pipeline spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River, according to this article. The cleanup has cost $809 million so far, and Enbridge paid a $3.7 million Transportation Department penalty last month. The EPA found that the thick bitumen, or tar-sands oil, continues to accumulate in certain parts of the river, and some experts say that removing all the oil from the river will be impossible. (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Judge hears pollution suit against Md. poultry company, farmers
    An environmental group's lawsuit against poultry producer Perdue Farms and a Maryland chicken farm has made its way to federal court. In the case, which observers say could have a wide-ranging impact for companies and livestock growers, the Waterkeeper Alliance alleges that chicken manure from the farm polluted a Chesapeake Bay tributary. The judge has warned that if the case is decided in favor of the defendants, the environmental group could be ordered to pay legal expenses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. The Baltimore Sun (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • EPA rule on commercial-building lead paint is pushed to 2015
    The Environmental Protection Agency's inclusion of commercial buildings in a residential lead paint rule is being delayed until 2015. A lack of required studies for the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule led the agency to extend the regulation's scope. (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • In Las Vegas, green goes beyond what you gamble
    Las Vegas hotels are making even more of an effort to go green as tourists are in the market for sustainable hotels. MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment and Las Vegas Sands have incorporated sustainable practices into their business models. MGM's CityCenter project, for example, earned six Gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design initiative. Hotels in the city have embraced composting, rooftop gardens, recycling and water-saving measures. Travel Weekly (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New standards-setting group takes on green accounting
    A nonprofit group backed by Bloomberg LP aims to standardize social and environmental corporate reporting performance for publicly traded companies. The first goal of the group, called the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, is to develop a materiality map that weights the priority of sustainability issues. Environmental Leader (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Church loses its "Hail Mary" for contribution costs
    Claire Juliana, J.D., director of Aon Environmental Claims, reviews a recent court case between two property owners and the court's decision on a claim for strict and joint liability related to the contaminated property. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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