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January 30, 2013

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Environmental insurance experts highlight the benefits of coverage
    Companies have many reasons to consider environmental insurance, given the high cost of confronting risks such as groundwater contamination, experts say. "There has to be communication up and down the chain so everyone in the organization knows what to do if there's a release of a contaminant," said Claire Juliana of Aon Risk Solutions' Environmental Services Group. Veronica Benzinger of Aon Risk Solutions said that because such insurance is written in the surplus-lines market, brokers can develop "policies that address business issues and provide the solutions that our clients need, as well as balance-sheet protection." PropertyCasualty360 (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Polluted reservoirs may someday be needed for drinking water
    Environmental regulations that permit companies to pollute U.S. reservoirs deep underground may be short-sighted, according to this analysis citing a ProPublica investigation. Some aquifers eventually may be needed for drinking water, such as the mile-deep well Mexico City plans to tap in response to its growing water shortage, according to this article. "Water is limited, so [cities and states] are really hustling to find other types of water. It's kind of a grim future; there's no two ways about it," said hydrologist Mark Williams of the University of Colorado. ProPublica (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Senator reintroduces chemical-security legislation
    Two bills introduced last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., would increase industry regulations through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards and allow the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee certain chemical-handling water facilities. Affected sites would be required to analyze the security benefits of -- and possibly implement -- a switch to inherently safe chemicals or processes. Global Security Newswire (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court denies EPA request to review emissions rule for coal plants
    A federal appeals court has denied an Environmental Protection Agency request for a review of a previous court decision to scrap a proposed pollution rule to curb emissions from coal plants. The agency's rule is "one of the most costly, burdensome and arbitrary" regulations under the Clean Air Act, according to lawsuits filed by utility firms. Bloomberg (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • NREL and energy efficiency: A successful venture others emulate
    Although private-sector obstacles to net-zero energy buildings exist, lessons can be learned from what the Research Support Facility at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado is doing. RSF, constructed for the same price as a far less energy-efficient building, is a net-zero building that uses rooftop photovoltaics. This article details how the building's success has inspired cities, states and private companies to develop similar projects. CleanTechnica (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report: 2012
    Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development center of excellence at Aon Benfield, has released its Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, which aggregates and analyzes the natural disaster perils that occurred worldwide during 2012. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
We have more ability than willpower, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible."
--François de la Rochefoucauld,
French writer

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