Countries toughen laws through polluter-pays principle, expert says | Study: Black carbon is among strongest atmospheric pollutants | Mold is key part of N.J. home inspections after Sandy, expert says
January 23, 2013
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Countries toughen laws through polluter-pays principle, expert says
Pollution insurers have tapped a relatively small amount of the market in regions including the U.S., China and Europe, but that likely will change as regulatory crackdowns demonstrate the high cost that can arise from pollution claims, industry experts say. As countries seek to become greener, "laws start with the polluter-pays principle," said Veronica Benzinger of Aon Risk Solutions' Environmental Services Group. Global Finance magazine (1/2013)
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Study: Black carbon is among strongest atmospheric pollutants
Black carbon, which results from the use of brick kilns, diesel engines and wood-fired stoves, is the second-most powerful climate pollutant, behind carbon dioxide, according to a study. "This new research provides further compelling evidence to act on short-lived climate pollutants, including black carbon," Achim Steiner of the U.N. Environment Program said in a statement. Yahoo/Reuters (1/16)
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Mold is key part of N.J. home inspections after Sandy, expert says
Mold remediation in South Jersey homes is crucial after superstorm Sandy, said Bob Galster, who owns a home-inspection service. Thorough, lengthier inspections after a storm are necessary to find any hidden damage to homes, Galster said, adding that buyers must be "proactive" to ensure that sellers have repaired any damage. Ocean City Gazette (Seaville, N.J.) (1/21)
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BLM pulls proposed fracking regulations
The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn proposed rules covering hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. A new draft is expected before April after "making improvements ... in order to maximize flexibility, facilitate coordination with state practices and ensure that operators on public lands implement best practices," said Blake Androff, a spokesman for the Department of the Interior. "[T]he real test will be in the substance of the re-proposal," said Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. (1/20)
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EPA inspector general will review agency's action on lead smelters
The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General will investigate human exposure to lead smelters. The review follows a USA Today report about shortfalls in EPA investigations of former factory sites that may have caused lead contamination in the surrounding soil. The investigation will examine whether Superfund cleanups are meeting requirements and whether associated government costs are being recovered, according to the inspector general's plan. USA Today (1/17)
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10.4-acre green roof sprouts atop Ford truck plant in Mich.
A 10.4-acre green roof could lessen the environmental impact of operations at Ford's truck-assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich., according to this article. The roof aims to help the facility become energy-efficient, while improving air quality and mitigating runoff. The sedum-covered expanse is billed as the "world's largest living roof" and is expected to last twice as long as a traditional roof, this article states. Technabob (1/14)
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New EPA guidance addresses gap in CERCLA liability protections
M. Claire Juliana, J.D., director of environmental claims for Aon Risk Solutions' Environmental Practice, summarizes the most recent guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency for the treatment of tenants under the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser provision of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA. The new guidance provides expanded enforcement discretion to a tenant of a contaminated site. Read more.
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American newscaster
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