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December 26, 2012

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Judge rules against group in lawsuit against Md. chicken producers
    The Waterkeeper Alliance did not prove that pollution to a Chesapeake Bay tributary had been caused by chickens being raised on a Maryland farm, a federal judge ruled. The group, which said it may appeal the decision, had sought to place part of the legal responsibility for pollution from the farm with Perdue because the company had control over operations and inspections of the chickens. The Baltimore Sun/B'More Green blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smelter owner will pay $1M in agreement over N.J. soil contamination
    An agreement reached with Carteret, N.J., requires the owner of a defunct metals-refining factory to investigate and clean up soil contamination in residential areas. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold also must pay $1 million under the agreement toward the borough's costs in overseeing the remediation. USA Today (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA focuses on larger cases, cuts back on civil enforcement
    The Environmental Protection Agency has been shifting its focus to larger cases "that are going to make the biggest differences" rather than smaller civil-enforcement cases, the EPA's Cynthia Giles said. The agency started 3,027 civil-enforcement cases in fiscal 2012, down from 3,283 the previous fiscal year and 3,436 in fiscal 2010. Civil penalties during fiscal 2012 totaled $208 million, setting a record and surpassing the $152 million assessed in the previous fiscal year. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Calif. draft rules to require early fracking chemicals disclosure
    Energy firms operating in California would need to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing before activities begin, should draft rules unveiled by the state's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources be approved. Drillers will also be required to conduct further well testing and monitoring before, during and after operations under the rules. Companies "will participate in the process as new regulations are formulated," said Tupper Hull, a Western States Petroleum Association spokesman. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/18), Associated Press (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OMB approves EPA's area source rule for chemical manufacturing
    The White House Office of Management and Budget has approved an Environmental Protection Agency rule that sets emission standards for chemical manufacturing sites that are below "major" thresholds for individual or combined hazardous air pollutants. The American Chemistry Council and others have appealed for the EPA to offer exemptions to certain permitting requirements. (free content) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Are biomimicry, geomimicry keys to developing eco-cement?
    In the race to cut carbon emissions, the development of eco-cements is an important step toward creating a more sustainable building material. This article describes how the use of biomimicry and geomimicry can help make eco-friendly cement and concrete in the future. "The production of carbon-negative cement and building materials is one of the most attractive and forceful of these industrial ecological initiatives, because it addresses the problem directly and can be scaled to the required dimensions," writes John Mathews, professor of strategic management at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia. (Australia) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • Aon Environmental Solutions
    As we come to the close of 2012, we would like to recap some of the articles and whitepapers provided in our newsletter over the year. Our focus aims to heighten our readers' awareness to the expanding universe of environmental liabilities and offer guidance in navigating the challenges facing companies with environmental risks. Take time to review all the articles. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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