Expert: Sandy floods countless properties; few likely covered for mold | Sandy causes concern over storm-surge threat to Superfund sites | Lead paint and mold are major concerns in Sandy's wake
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November 14, 2012
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Expert: Sandy floods countless properties; few likely covered for mold
Many properties face extensive damage by flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy, but few likely are insured against mold and will fall short of being covered for their buildings' full value, according to a note by Citigroup strategist Jeffrey Berenbaum. Commercial mortgage-backed securities loans require mold insurance typically only in cases where previous environmental problems existed; mold is commonly excluded in general insurance policies, Berenbaum writes. Business Insider (11/6)
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Sandy causes concern over storm-surge threat to Superfund sites
Superstorm Sandy affected several Superfund sites in New Jersey and New York, according to an early appraisal by the Environmental Protection Agency. The two states have nearly 200 Superfund sites, 45 of which are within a half-mile of coastal areas where storm surge poses a threat, according to an analysis by The Wall Street Journal of EPA and Army Corps of Engineers data. "There really has to be a careful evaluation of whether there has been any disturbing of the waste" at the affected sites, said Thomas Burke of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. "Flooding moves things around much more quickly." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/11)
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Lead paint and mold are major concerns in Sandy's wake
Flooding from Superstorm Sandy has affected homes, schools, Superfund sites and other areas, raising concerns over mold, peeling lead-based paint and other toxic substances. "With moisture intrusion of this magnitude, you're going to have a lot of chipping, peeling or flaking paint as it starts to dry -- creating lead dust," said Ruth Ann Norton of the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. Other hazards include sewage, asbestos, concrete dust and stored chemicals, experts said. The Huffington Post (11/8)
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Lawyer: Environmental insurance is key in redeveloping brownfields
Redeveloping brownfields for multifamily housing poses challenges, but developers who perform due diligence can make the most of opportunities while guarding themselves against liability, experts say. "Satisfying [Environmental Protection Agency] standards meets the underwriting criteria for major insurance carriers, so acquiring coverage is rarely a problem," said real estate lawyer Fernando Villa. "Insurance is strongly advisable to protect against third-party claims from tenants, construction contractors or adjacent property owners." Multi-Housing News (11/6)
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Editor's Note
Energy sector prepares for Obama's second term
The energy sector may see more stringent environmental regulations in President Barack Obama's second term despite the administration's goal to promote energy independence, according to an analysis. Tougher regulations for drilling could come, and a decision on exporting shale oil and natural gas may take longer than if Republican candidate Mitt Romney had won. Separately, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release two reports that will guide hydraulic fracturing regulations. Reuters (11/7), Reuters (11/7)
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LEED shows essential role of businesses in going green
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards from the U.S. Green Building Council are not perfect, but they have achieved more than a recent series of articles gives them credit for, writes Rob Watson. "Based on the underlying assumptions in these articles, it would seem that society at large doesn't think business should be at all involved in trying to improve the environment. But, as a friend recently commented, 'How do people think markets get transformed?' Business participation is essential to making market changes," Watson writes. GreenBiz.com (11/6)
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Aon Situation Room -- post-tropical cyclone Sandy
Post-tropical cyclone Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Oct. 29. Aon is committed to helping organizations respond quickly to such situations that affect their operations. Read more about the resources offered through Aon for mitigating, quantifying and presenting property and business-interruption claims.
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