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August 1, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Death from Legionnaires' disease at mobile-home park spurs lawsuit
    A woman is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit after her husband died of Legionnaires' disease amid an outbreak that also sickened two other residents of a Plant City, Fla., mobile-home park. Health officials concluded that a decorative fountain at the park likely was the source of the legionella that caused the illnesses, based on findings from an independent environmental testing company. The lawsuit, which alleges in part that evidence was covered up, names the mobile-home park as well as the park's management firm, residents association and general manager as defendants. The Tampa Tribune (Fla.) (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why is recycling still so confusing?
    Recycling could create 1.5 million new jobs, slash our carbon emissions, make us more energy-independent, increase our exports and improve our air quality, all using current technologies at a relatively low cost, experts say. Only one problem: Without industrywide standards, consumers and businesses alike are confused about what they can recycle and how to go about doing so. "It's time for a little simplicity in a very complex industry," said Mitch Hedlund, the founder of Recycle Across America. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Opinionator blog (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • How to respond to global environmental regulations
    Europe and Australia have implemented cap-and-trade systems to regulate emissions and it seems inevitable the U.S. will eventually follow suit with a program to reward good environmental stewardship, writes Ashton Shaw of Menlo Worldwide Logistics. Organizations can remain competitive by forming teams to tackle environmental issues and doing research to make sure they are prepared. It's important to set high standards and identify a plan for attaining them, Shaw writes. Logistics Viewpoints blog (7/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expanded oversight and less politics drive drilling chief's agenda
    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson has remained firm in his commitment to fixing offshore oversight gaps and is undaunted by the politics surrounding many drilling issues his agency handles. He believes that his experience in the Coast Guard, where many military officers are apolitical, has prepared him for the politics of his job. "We are going to be working on some initiatives both operationally and with policymaking that still need to come to full fruition," Watson said. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Report: Global demand for energy retrofits to rise to $152B by 2020
    The global market for energy-efficient retrofits is expected to rise from $80.3 billion in 2011 to $151.8 billion by 2020, according to Pike Research. Energy upgrades can be costly, but financing programs from energy-service companies and federal tax credits can help fund them. Some retrofits may target only specific operational areas, which can bring savings for owners, said Ken Taymor, executive director for law, business and the economy at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. (7/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green labeling boosts houses' selling prices by 9%, study finds
    Developers who win Energy Star or other environmental certification for the homes they build net final selling prices 9% higher than their uncertified rivals, according to a study by California researchers. The study also found a "Prius effect," with people living in areas with higher levels of hybrid-auto ownership willing to pay a still-greater premium for eco-certified housing. The Washington Post (7/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything, or nothing."
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