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January 16, 2013

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • E-waste recycling challenges businesses of every size
    State laws vary over the disposal of electronic devices, and there is disagreement on whether the export of electronic waste should be allowed. Recycling e-waste is a tall task at large companies such as IBM, but Richard Fuller of the Blacksmith Institute said that large companies tend to be responsible in properly disposing of electronics. Small and midsize firms, however, are more likely to discard such devices incorrectly, Fuller said. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • OSHA: Sites' post-Sandy contaminant levels are within federal limits
    Tests of New York and New Jersey sites during the cleanup after superstorm Sandy have revealed the presence of asbestos, lead, silica and other contaminants at some sites, but none exceeded federal limits for workplace exposure, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA tested sites including landfills and beaches, but results are pending for some tests of private businesses, parks, roads and other sites. "These initial results should not be taken by employers as an 'all clear' signal regarding potential exposure to health hazards. It is important that each employer continually ensure that workers are not overexposed," OSHA's Robert Kulick said. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Fracking rules among key items under Obama's second term
    The Obama administration is expected to tackle several ongoing energy issues, including hydraulic fracturing and offshore safety, as it opens its second term, observers say. A policy proposed by the Bureau of Land Management would require drillers to disclose the chemicals used in fracking on federal lands, and the agency is still studying close to 200,000 public comments on the plan. Officials from the energy industry said such a proposal could lead to broader policies in the future. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lawmakers take sides over Md. fracking moratorium bill
    Some Maryland lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Republican state Sen. George Edwards, who is on the state's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, said a moratorium essentially is already in place through next year because hydraulic fracturing can't take place until all necessary studies are done. Paul Roberts, the commission's citizen representative, said a moratorium would be "a common-sense approach until the industry can show the practice will not harm the water and air and be done safely for humans and the environment." Cumberland Times-News (Md.) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • MGM Resorts official balances guest experience and sustainability
    When Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International's chief sustainability officer, set out to reduce her hotel properties' effect on the environment, she said it was important to keep customer expectations and the guest experience in mind. During the past five years, her company has lowered its power consumption by more than 10% and reduced water usage by 12% at all of its properties while still providing coveted guest experiences, this feature says. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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