Source: Rockhill Environmental/NECC Newsletter
A landfill was issued violations by a state regulatory authority for an alleged failure to maintain their landfill gas collection system. The landfill also received odor complaints from neighboring residents. A lawsuit was filed by a neighboring shopping center, claiming a significant loss of business due to customer odor complaints. A second lawsuit was filed by the town alleging the odors had detrimentally affected a newly planned residential/commercial development. The suit was settled in the low seven figures and the Facility’s Site Specific Pollution Liability Policy responded to the defense and property damage claims.…
Source: The Modesto Bee, April 9, 2011
By: Garth Stapley
The government must have had its reasons, 40 years ago, for turning gently rolling land near a peaceful river bend into a dump.
Maybe no one wanted it for anything else. It likely was cheap and available, and — nine miles east of Modesto — out of sight, but within comfortable driving distance for pickups and garbage trucks.
In 20 years, the 168-acre Geer Road dump — with no bottom liner, allowing groundwater to rise and soak rotting garbage — swallowed about 4.5 million tons of waste.
Perhaps it’s a good thing for those government officials that they’re long gone, with few left to explain the inconceivably poor decision. But someone must answer for the sins of the fathers, state overseers say, or risk polluting the Tuolumne River with foul, cancer-causing agents from water moving underground.
The ire of state water officials was on display Friday in Sacramento when Stanislaus County representatives acknowledged that spending $7.24 million trying to contain contaminated groundwater from the defunct dump is far too little, too late.…
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA), March 1, 2011
Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com
Eight more defendants in a federal lawsuit over a Western Pennsylvania Superfund site have agreed to pay about $1.4 million to settle the government’s claims against them, according to a proposed consent order the Environmental Protection Agency filed yesterday.
The 1997 lawsuit involves the Breslube-Penn Inc. oil recycling center in Moon that was abandoned in 1986. In 2009, 36 of the defendants agreed to pay $12 million to clean up soil and groundwater contamination and another $3 million to reimburse the EPA and state for money the government had spent on the site.
The new agreement settles the lawsuit against eight other defendants, who agree to pay $607,744 to the government and $790,668 to a cleanup trust fund set up by the other defendants.…
Acknowledgement to XL Environmental
A claim from the regional water quality control board (RWQCB) was initiated for the discovery of elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the groundwater at a garbage company landfill property of an XL insured. Disposal operations at the site had been ceased for over 20 years. VOCs were historically reported at the site upon implementation of groundwater monitoring activities upon closure. During the insured’s environmental consultant’s sampling under an approved, on-going Corrective Action Monitoring Program, unexpected elevated levels of VOCs were reported in the groundwater sampled. The RWQCB required further investigation and the implementation of a remediation work plan.
XL’s environmental claims counsel and a technical consultant worked with the insured and the insured’s environmental consultant to prepare a remediation work plan for submittal to the RWQCB for approval.
The insured’s Pollution and Remediation Legal Liability Policy responded to the insured’s claim report. Experienced XL environmental claims counsel and technical consultant assisted the insured and their environmental consultant with the claim asserted by the RWQCB and with the preparation of a remediation work plan to address the elevated levels of VOCs in the groundwater. All costs and expenses associated with the remediation are expected to fall within our insured’s self-insured policy retention.…