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August 16, 2019

Mold Cleanup, Repairs at a School Gym in Westfield May Shift Some Activities

Source: https://www.tapinto.net, August 16, 2019
By: Roman Chiarello

Repairs are underway at McKinley Elementary School following the discovery of moisture and mold underneath the gymnasium floor, something school district officials do not anticipate completing before the beginning of the academic year.

District officials had initially ordered repairs of the gym floor, but when workers found mold underneath the flooring, the scope of the initial project expanded, School Business Administrator Dana Sullivan said during a special meeting of the school board Thursday morning.  Read more.

August 16, 2019

City, airport sue chemical makers over toxins found in Sioux Falls groundwater

Source: https://www.argusleader.com, August 15, 2019
By: Patrick Anderson

Sioux Falls officials have filed federal lawsuits against a number of companies, including 3M and DuPont, for toxic chemicals discovered in the city’s groundwater.

Documents filed in June in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina allege chemical-makers tested for and were aware of health risks of compounds used in a firefighting foam that for decades was tested and stored at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Read more.

 

August 15, 2019

Additional cleanup efforts begin at Chesterfield schools after discovery of Legionella bacteria

Source: https://www.nbc12.com, August 6, 2019

Cleanup with additional contractors is set to begin Aug. 13 at schools with cooling towers in Chesterfield County.

“Chesterfield County Public Schools is working with three independent contractors to accelerate a schedule to clean and provide preventative maintenance to water cooling towers found outside on school grounds, in light of Legionella bacteria recently found in cooling towers at Falling Creek Middle, Midlothian Middle and Greenfield Elementary,” Chesterfield County Schools said in a news release on Aug. 9. Read more.

August 15, 2019

Atlanta hotel outbreak places spotlight on Legionnaires’ disease

Source: https://www.healio.com, August 15, 2019

The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel evacuated guests on July 15 due to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that killed one person and may have infected dozens of others. The hotel has voluntarily remained closed until the source of the outbreak is located, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Read more.

August 15, 2019

Toxic Chemicals Found In Ground Water, Vapors Below Twin Cities Plant

Source: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com, August 14, 2019
Bu: Jennifer Mayerle

There are new developments surrounding a manufacturing plant that released a cancer-causing chemical into the air for years.

We now know chemicals were found on Water Gremlin‘s property in White Bear Township. Experts found the toxic chemical TCE in shallow ground water and in vapors below the plant. Before, we only knew it had been released into the air. Read more.

August 14, 2019

Mold causes $27K in damages at ESD

Source: https://www.thealpenanews.com, August 14, 2019
By: Julie Goldberg

Mold found last month at the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District building will cost the district $27,000 in damages.

Superintendent Scott Reynolds said Tuesday $15,000 of mold removal will be 100% covered by insurance, but the district will pay $12,000 for new siding. Mold was found in July when crews were doing minor renovations to the building. Read more.

August 14, 2019

Environmental Insurance Protection: Building on the Past to Handle Both New Regulations and Regulatory Reopeners

Source: https://www.greatamericaninsurancegroup.com, Environmental Insider Summer 2019

The environmental insurance market continues to grow by adopting past best practices to handle new and emerging risks.  Working together with diverse practice groups in law, brokerage, engineering, and the sciences; environmental insurance serves a critical client need on property transactions and contractors risks.

Standard industry practices evolve on a wide variety of practice fronts due to the commonality of commercial property transactions between corporate entities. On the environmental front, one of the most common ways corporations protect themselves and others is by conducting a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.

History of the Phase I

Prior to Congress amending the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, commonly known as Superfund) in 2002, Phase I studies developed numerous styles in response to the strict, joint and multiple liabilities written into CERCLA when first enacted in 1980.  With the lack of standardization, Phase I Site Assessments greatly varied.  Some were simple checklists and others followed more detailed approaches. The assessments were offered for both single, one-off transactions and large parties with reoccurring needs.…

August 14, 2019

How Premises Pollution Policies Can Benefit Site Owners

Source: https://www.greatamericaninsurancegroup.com, Environmental Insider Summer 2019

With continued public and regulatory attention on emerging contaminants such as Poly and Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1, 4-dioxane, environmental insurance should be a ‘must-have’ for owners facing pollution exposure. However, the status of the emerging regulations or even the facility regulatory lifecycle phase, can significantly alter the nature of the coverage available.

The following case studies illustrate how insureds can be impacted by emerging contaminants and how premise pollution policies come into play in various scenarios.

Case Study: From Legal to Illegal

In 2008, a molded rubber manufacturer obtained a permit to operate groundwater extraction wells for irrigation and non-contact cooling water, which discharged to an on-site dry well.

No testing was required under the discharge permit – however, the permit prohibited discharge of water with exceedances of any regulated contaminant. The facility operated under the permit without violations for over a decade.

August 13, 2019

Next phase of Kil-Tone cleanup unveiled in Vineland

Source: https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com, August 13, 2019
By: Michelle Brunetti Post

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a $36 million cleanup of about 40 nonresidential properties contaminated by the former pesticide manufacturer Kil-Tone Co. Read more.

August 13, 2019

Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Some Military Bases Still Can’t Drink Their Tap Water

Source: https://www.wunc.org, August 13, 2019
By: Dan Boyce

For decades, the Venetucci family ran a small farm in Colorado Springs. Each Halloween, they grew pumpkins that they gave away to local children.

When the Pikes Peak Community Foundation took over the farm in 2006, it continued the pumpkin tradition and also grew organic vegetables – until chemical runoff traced to firefighting foam at nearby Peterson Air Force Base contaminated the soil. Read more.