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December 19, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Death tied to legionella at Pa. hospital was preventable, lawsuit says
    Legionnaires' disease was named as a secondary cause of death for an 87-year-old man who died last month amid an outbreak of the disease at a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital, attorney Harry Cohen said. The man's family has filed a lawsuit against the Pittsburgh VA. "It appears as though the VA failed to properly maintain its water systems, despite recurring illnesses at the hospital and despite warnings from experts," said Cohen, who is representing the family. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Medical providers seek to turn brownfields into health care sites
    Health care providers are increasingly looking for opportunities to turn brownfields into health care centers to serve poor neighborhoods, where an outsize number of such contaminated sites are located, experts say. "The environmental issues are significant, and yet there are scarce resources for communities to do the cleanup and remediation that's required," said Phyllis B. Cater, CEO of Spectrum Health Services. Spectrum received $2 million in federal cleanup funds toward a $14 million project at a Philadelphia brownfield. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Walgreen to pay $16M over hazardous materials sent to Calif. landfills
    A case involving more than 40 California district attorneys has resulted in a judge ordering Walgreen to pay $16.57 million related to allegations that it sent hazardous materials to landfills rather than hazardous waste facilities. Inspectors said all but three of the 37 Walgreens stores in the state committed the violations. The hazardous waste included pesticides, aerosols, pharmaceutical waste and bleach, inspectors reported. East Bay Express (Oakland, Calif.) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Report suggests mandatory practices for curbing farm runoff
    A report by the Environmental Working Group suggests doing away with voluntary measures for farmers to reduce runoff that contains fertilizer. Mandatory pollution regulations for farms, however, would face an uphill battle in Washington, D.C., according to this blog post. Farm groups point out that agricultural operations have improved how they use fertilizer, which the blog author writes is counterbalanced by increase in acreage planted in recent years. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Green blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Green Globes standard provides flexibility in green buildings
    The Green Globes certification from the nonprofit Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., can be an alternative to the LEED rating system, according to this piece. The Lake Nona campus of Valencia College in Florida shifted to Green Globes to be able to use a bipolar-ionization system to treat its indoor air -- something LEED didn't allow. The building achieved three Green Globes, which is similar to achieving a high-level LEED status. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Vapor intrusion guidance expected in 2013
    Alexander Gordon, M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D., of Aon Environmental discusses the history and progress of the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to release new technical and policy recommendations for assessing the risk in the cleanup of volatile chemicals. Insiders anticipate that the new guidance will contain more conservative recommendations. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aon wins a Best Global Risk Management Provider 2012 award from Global Finance magazine
    Aon was named the "Best Supply Chain/Business Continuity Consultant" by Global Finance magazine, which said: "Aon uses an integrated approach to help clients with their pre- and post-event supply chain, business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. This includes risk framework, analysis, modeling, data, risk financing, reputation management, and employee communication." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."
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