New York's Erie County paid $275,000 in federal fines this month over improper record-keeping for fuel storage tanks. Total costs related to the infractions, however, may surpass $800,000, including a potential $465,000 to ensure other county-owned tanks are in compliance with federal laws. The Environmental Protection Agency found no leaks when it inspected the tanks, an EPA spokesman said.
The majority of soil tests in neighborhoods across 13 states have shown high levels of lead, sometimes five to 10 times higher than the amount that federal regulators say poses a hazard to children, according to a USA TODAY investigation. The 21 neighborhoods tested were near former smelting factories. Officials in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Wisconsin have begun addressing the contaminated sites.
A Massachusetts property owner was indicted on several counts of improper asbestos removal and storage, as well as failure to notify state regulators of the removal. She is accused of paying tenants to remove the asbestos and not warning the tenants of how to properly handle asbestos.
Groups are pursuing a lawsuit filed this month to get the Environmental Protection Agency to make a ruling regarding coal ash. After a spill in Tennessee more than three years ago, the EPA was considering regulating the byproduct as hazardous and restricting its disposal. Environmentalists have expressed concern that election-year politics could cause more delays in a ruling, and the EPA has provided no time frame for a decision.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a bill that prohibits the disposal of electronic waste in landfills. Instead, such waste must be handled by certified recyclers. "It means jobs," said Marjorie Griek of the Colorado Association for Recycling. "It's economic development, and it means less toxics in our landfills."
Energy-efficient building features are numerous at NASA's $25 million Sustainability Base at the Ames Research Center in California. The building sports solar panels, fuel cells, a water-recovery system and building controls that respond to weather changes. The facility earned LEED Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council and has been recognized as the most environmentally friendly federal building.
Additional insured endorsements are a routine request for policyholders having to satisfy contractual obligations to their clients and other parties. But there is a seemingly limitless variety of endorsements and an equally impressive amount of case law out there interpreting these various additional insured provisions -- quite often with unexpectedly expansive results (from the perspective of the party extending such coverage, whether it be the insured or its insurer). Read more.
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg, American poet, historian and novelist
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