Mold remains a problem after Sandy | $250M San Diego pollution-cleanup suit is thrown out | Wash. city might have to pay $65M for environmental projects
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February 6, 2013
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Mold remains a problem after Sandy
Mold-infested homes and businesses are still a problem months after superstorm Sandy inundated the East Coast. A $15 million public-private partnership aims to offset remediation expenses for 2,000 New York City homes, and some are calling for part of the $50.5 billion federal aid package to be earmarked for mold-eradication efforts. Mold, which poses health problems and can put residents out of their homes for days during remediation, is not specifically covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or a New York City emergency-repair program. ABC News/The Associated Press (2/3)
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$250M San Diego pollution-cleanup suit is thrown out
A federal judge dismissed a $250 million pollution lawsuit filed by San Diego against Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. The suit contended that the company didn't adequately address seepage from tanks that contained 26 million gallons of fuel and polluted the land under Qualcomm Stadium, as well as groundwater. A Kinder Morgan spokeswoman said the firm has invested more than $60 million to clean up contamination predating its acquisition of the tank-farm site. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/1)
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Wash. city might have to pay $65M for environmental projects
Port Angeles, Wash., City Manager Dan McKeen says the city might have to spend as much as $65.2 million over two decades on projects required by the state Department of Ecology. McKeen says the projects will have a significant effect on the city and residents. They include working on sewer overflow, stabilizing a landfill, attaining a municipal stormwater permit, updating the Shoreline Master Program and cleaning up Port Angeles Harbor. Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles, Wash.) (1/28)
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Canada plans to raise liability limits for some drillers
The liability cap could rise dramatically for oil firms drilling off Canada's eastern and northern coasts under a government proposal. The plan could increase the limit from tens of millions of dollars into the billions. "Our government is committed to periodically assessing financial liability to make certain that Canada's polluter-pay system remains among the strongest in the world," said Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/31)
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Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns
Steven Chu is stepping down from his post as secretary of the Department of Energy. During his tenure, Chu brought a "unique understanding of both the urgent challenge presented by climate change and the tremendous opportunity that clean energy represents for our economy," President Barack Obama said in a statement. Chu is expected to stay on until the end of the month or until his successor is named. The Oregonian (Portland)/The Associated Press (2/1)
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Angled green roof helps make Netherlands building sustainable
A green roof with an irregular pitch has helped a 62,400-square-foot building at the Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands achieve sustainability, according to this article. The structure sports sedums to add insulation, manage stormwater and control the indoor temperature. "The troughs of the tilted roof ... are set diagonally in relation to the rest of the rectangular floor plan, creating an eye-catching, open loft space on the top floor," writes Randy Woods. EarthTechling.com (1/30)
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Cristin Bullen joins Aon Environmental New York Region as senior VP
Aon Risk Solutions recently named Cristin Bullen as senior vice president, serving as a resource for Environmental and Construction Professional accounts. Bullen brings over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including international leadership roles in environmental brokerage, account management and underwriting. She has led environmental specialist teams at global brokers in New York and London. She also developed a specialty in professional liability through roles held as an underwriter at AIG and XL. Bullen holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA in finance, international business and economics from New York University. She can be reached at (212) 441-1273.
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