News and Views

December 5, 2019

Great American – Special Risks Insurance

Source:, December 2019

New Enhancement

Great American is now offering site-related pollution coverage to classes of business that can be higher exposure due to the nature of their operations.

This would include but not be limited to:

  • Chemical Manufacturing and Processing Plants
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Petroleum Refineries
  • Large Petroleum Terminals
  • Oil and Gas Wells
  • Crude Oil / Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Metal Processing and Finishing
  • Injection Wells
December 5, 2019

Site contaminated with uranium partially collapses into Detroit River

Source:, December 5, 2019
By: Dave Battagello

A shoreline property in Detroit listed for decades by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency as a contaminated site due to its use of uranium and other dangerous chemicals during manufacturing dating back to the 1940s has partially collapsed into the Detroit River.

The riverbank apparently collapsed under the weight of large aggregate piles stored at the site by Detroit Bulk Storage which has a long-term lease on the property for such use. Read more.

December 5, 2019

Justices Hear Pollution Suit Over Smelter In Montana

Source: The New York Times, December 4, 2019
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For nearly a century, a copper smelter near Butte, Mont., processed ore and released lethal chemicals into the environment, including, according to court records, as much as 62 tons of arsenic and 10 tons of lead each day.

In 1983, a few years after the smelter was shut down, the Environmental Protection Agency designated the 300 square miles surrounding it a Superfund site, requiring the parties responsible for the pollution to take steps to clean it up. Read more.

December 4, 2019

PFOA suit parties working toward a settlement – and preparing for trial

Source:, December 3, 2019
By: Jim Therrien

There is a “settlement conference” scheduled for Jan. 21 in the suit filed by town residents against Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics over PFOA contamination, but that doesn’t necessarily mean a resolution is imminent.

That also doesn’t mean the class-action suit filed in U.S. District Court in May 2016 definitely won’t be resolved early next year prior to a trial. Read more.

December 4, 2019

Flurry of lawsuits against Seattle Children’s detail human toll from mold infections

Source: Seattle Times, December 3, 2019
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The six patients came from as far as Alaska. They ranged in age from a 17-year-old girl to a 2-month-old boy. Binding them together: harm they endured after a stay at Seattle Children’s hospital, according to three lawsuits filed Monday.

The complaints against Children’s begin to tell the human stories behind the failures its executives disclosed two weeks ago, acknowledging the hospital’s air-handling system likely led to mold-based infections in 14 patients over 18 years. Six of those patients died. Read more.

December 3, 2019

San Jose Water Company shut off wells contaminated with PFAS chemicals

Source:, December 2, 2019
By: Elizabeth Mendez

As a famous actor took center stage during a Capitol Hill hearing last month to demand stricter regulations of ‘forever chemicals’ in water, a longtime San Jose water company revealed that it has tested positive for those contaminants.

The news comes as California water officials this year began a statewide assessment of any possible ‘forever chemical’ contamination in drinking water. Read more.

December 3, 2019

Seattle Children’s facing lawsuits over mold infections

Source:, December 2, 2019
By: Kate Walters

Seattle Children’s hospital is facing lawsuits over mold-related deaths and infections.

One claim filed Monday on behalf of four children is seeking class action status.

The suit claims all four children were infected with Aspergillus mold while they were patients at the hospital. Three have since died. Read more.

November 27, 2019

A chemical plant blast has injured 3 and caused extensive damage to a Texas city as fire continues to burn

Source:, November 27, 2019
By: Faith Karimi and Joe Sutton

An explosion rocked a chemical plant early Wednesday in Texas, causing extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches and leaving at least three employees injured.

A chemical fire continues to burn at the site, and a mandatory evacuation order has been issued within a half mile of the TPC Group plant, about 90 miles east of Houston, the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said. Read more.
November 25, 2019

Gas station contamination spurs statewide complaint

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Chevron Corporation is fielding a complaint filed by both The State of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

According to an Oil City News report, a DEQ announcement shared November 22 claims Chevron to have violated the “Wyoming Environmental Quality Act involving the remediation of environmental contamination at several service stations and convenience stores in Wyoming.” Read more.

November 25, 2019

Toxic firefighting foam has contaminated water at hundreds of military bases nationwide

Source:, November 25, 2019
By: Joce Sterman and Alex Brauer

Military bases across the country are dealing with contamination to their drinking and groundwater as a result of the use of toxic firefighting foam with known links to cancer and other health problems. The cost, according to service members who have lived on these bases and installations, isn’t just environmental or financial. It’s emotional. Read more.