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January 9, 2013

  Risk Management, Insurance and Claims 
  • Study: Hydrogen peroxide vapor disinfects hospital rooms
    A Johns Hopkins Hospital study that used Bioquell robots to disinfect rooms with hydrogen peroxide vapor showed the method reduced the number of patients contaminated with common drug-resistant bacteria by 64%. The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, found the method reduced the risk of vancomycin-resistant enterococci infection by 80%. Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Laws and Regulations 
  • Judge: EPA overstepped authority with stormwater regulation
    A federal judge found in favor of Virginia in a lawsuit over an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate stormwater as a pollutant. Such regulation would exceed the EPA's power under the Clean Water Act, Judge Liam O'Grady ruled. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said that compliance with such rules would cost $300 million or more for Fairfax County and $70 million for the state Department of Transportation. The Washington Post (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturers prepare for Pa. law requiring e-waste recycling
    A Pennsylvania law taking effect Jan. 24 means that old televisions, computers and other electronic waste must be recycled through approved methods rather than thrown out with everyday trash. Electronics manufacturers must develop plans for the recycling of devices, and they must keep accurate records on their sales and recycling and report those to the state to avoid fines. The law contains an exemption for cellphones and PDAs. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA: Know state, local laws when working with contaminated sites
    Recent guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency advises managers and lawyers involved in contaminated sites to be familiar with the state and local laws that could affect site cleanups. Managers and lawyers also should know which governmental entities have jurisdiction over such sites, the guidance says. The EPA guidelines on institutional controls apply to cleanups including those at Superfund sites, federal facilities and sites with underground storage tanks. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Green Construction 
  • Experts: Expect green-building expansion globally in 2013
    Green building in the U.S. is expected to rebound this year, after Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects represented 20% of all new put-in-place construction in 2012, experts say. The greatest expansion of green building will be in retrofits, they predict. Other expected trends in green building for 2013 include automation of building management through the cloud, greater use of solar power, growing awareness of freshwater supply problems, the increasing presence of zero-net-energy buildings, and an acceleration of green building in places such as China, Singapore, the EU and Brazil. Sustainable Industries (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Aon News 
  • EPA Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) letters
    The state of Alabama joins a majority of supreme courts that have held that PRP letters satisfy the "suit" requirement in a standard commercial general liability policy. Read more about the recent court case. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 Reinsurance Market Outlook
    Aon Benfield's 2013 Reinsurance Market Outlook -- Reinsurance Capacity Growth Continues to Outpace Demand report reveals that reinsurance capital reached $500 billion in 2012. The lack of significant reinsured losses from catastrophes in 2012 was a reasonable departure from the building view of a "new normal" higher level of global catastrophes. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A blunder at the right moment is better than cleverness at the wrong time."
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