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November 12, 2019

Seattle Children’s hospital again closes some operating rooms because of mold

Source: https://www.seattletimes.com/, November 11, 2019
By: Ryan Blethen

Seattle Children’s has closed three of its operating rooms because of the same fungus that forced the shutdown of all the hospital’s operating rooms earlier this year. The hospital is also looking into two new infections caused by the Aspergillus mold. Read more.

November 12, 2019

PFAS Contaminants Discovered at NJ Trump Golf Course

Source: https://www.lexology.com, November 7, 2019
By: Karen A. Cullinane, Goldberg Segalla LLP

Recent utility tests of drinking water on President Trump’s golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey, revealed, for the third time this year, the presence of perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is one of the more common PFAS compounds. A lab retained by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection measured 3.5 – 3.6 parts per trillion (ppt) of the chemical at the property. Depending on who you talk to, the levels detected could be considered low and not harmful or, alternatively, they could be considered too high and potentially harmful. Read more.

November 11, 2019

Dry cleaning carcinogen detected in 14 homes in Burlington

Source: https://vtdigger.org/, November 4, 2019
By: Elizabeth Gribkoff

State environmental officials are looking to remediate contamination from a dry cleaning chemical found in elevated levels in 14 Burlington homes before winter.

At a joint fiscal committee meeting on Monday, lawmakers approved a request from the Department of Environmental Conservation to spend up to $150,000 from the environmental contingency fund for the work.  Read more.

November 11, 2019

Cleanup Underway at Former Cleaners Site Spreading Contaminant

Source: https://thepressgroup.net/, November 8, 2019
By: Michael Olohan/span>

A two-story office building built on the site of a former dry cleaner at 137 Broadway was knocked down recently as the first step in a long-term site remediation plan put into motion by the State Department of Environmental Protection.

“It’s PCE (perchlorethylene) contamination in shallow ground water underneath the site that’s slowly moving in the direction of a nearby bank,” DEP spokesperson Larry Hajna said Oct. 25. Read more.

November 11, 2019

Dow Settles for $77 Million in Dioxin Lawsuit

Source: https://chemicalcitypaper.com, November 11, 2019

Under a proposed settlement announced by the United States, the State of Michigan and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, The Dow Chemical Company will implement and fund an estimated $77 million in natural resource restoration projects intended to compensate the public for injuries to natural resources caused by the release of hazardous substances from Dow’s Midland facility. The proposed settlement, which was lodged today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, is subject to public comment and to approval by the court. Read more.

November 11, 2019

Berkley Construction Professional Has Introduced Faulty Workmanship Liability Coverage

Source: https://www.bossynews.com, November 11, 2019
By: Shahina Khatun

Berkley Construction Professional is a division of the Berkley Alliance Managers. Berkley Construction Professional has introduced a Faulty Workmanship Liability coverage which fits consecutively with ISO CGL (Commercial General Liability) policy related to the property damage which has arisen from the faulty workmanship. This Faulty Workmanship Liability coverage also addresses the elements of damage which are purposely excluded from ISO CGL policy. This coverage has been triggered by a 3rd party faulty workmanship that claims against the policy holder, but the claim doesn’t have to cite negligence. Read more.

November 11, 2019

EPA Continues Work on PFAS Action Plan

Source: https://www.waste360.com, November 8, 2019

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to help communities address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the PFAS Action Plan, the agency is releasing the Systematic Review Protocol for five PFAS toxicity assessments for a 45-day public comment period. The assessments are being developed under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program. Read more.

November 8, 2019

Mold Plagues ‘Virtually All Buildings,’ Dean Says After Dunster Mold Outbreak

Source: https://www.thecrimson.com/, November 8, 2019
By: Delano R. Franklin and Samuel W. Zwickel

Harvard administrators relocated several Dunster House affiliates into temporary accommodations after discovering an outbreak of mold in September, according to several affected students.

Kazi Tasnim ’22, who lives in Dunster, said House administrators moved residents of two separate suites to “emergency singles” and empty spots in suites throughout the house for more than two weeks. Harvard brought in an outside contractor to clean up the mold during that time, according to Zachary M. Gingo, associate dean for physical resources and planning for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Read more.

November 8, 2019

Parents, students at Long Island school hold sickout over contamination concern

Source: https://abc7ny.com/, November 7, 2019

Concerned parents of students at a middle school on Long Island are held a sickout Thursday after ongoing reports about foul odors.

Northport Middle School has been the repeated focus of inquiries related to air quality and the improper storage and disposal of potential contaminants. Read more.

November 8, 2019

St. Helens School District says company botched asbestos removal

Source: https://pamplinmedia.com/, November 8, 2019
By: Darryl Swan

The St. Helens School District is suing a company it had hired to oversee asbestos abatement at the St. Helens Middle School in 2009 and again in 2018, alleging the company failed to successfully complete its work despite signing a certification to that effect.

As a result, the lawsuit contends, the school district earlier this year demolished the former middle school building unaware of the lingering presence of asbestos, which is a known carcinogen that can become trapped in a person’s lungs after it becomes airborne. Read more.