January 27, 2011

U.S. EPA announces first results from air toxics monitoring at Southern California schools

Source:, Release date: 10/01/2009
Contact Information: Jim Vreeland, (415) 947-4298,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 announced today that the first set of results from recent air monitoring studies at three Southern California schools are now available and have been posted on the agency’s website. These schools were selected as part of the EPA’s national Schools Air Toxics Initiative. The initiative, which is monitoring 63 schools in 22 states, is designed to help EPA and the states learn whether long-term exposure to toxics in the outdoor air poses health concerns for children and staff at the schools.…

January 27, 2011

EPA releases data for air toxics monitoring at Berks County school

Source:, Release date: 10/01/2009
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543,

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released initial data from air toxics monitoring outside the Riverside Elementary School in Berks County, Pa.

EPA selected the Riverside School in Reading, Pa. as one of 63 schools in 22 states nationwide for air toxics monitoring.

The initial data show air toxics at the school are below levels of short-term health concerns. EPA scientists caution against drawing conclusions at this point as the study is designed to determine whether long-term, not short-term, exposure poses health risks to school children and staff. Once monitoring is complete, the full set of results from all of the schools will be analyzed to evaluate the potential for health concerns related to long-term exposure to these pollutants. As monitoring continues into the fall, EPA will post the data on its schools air toxics website at:…

July 22, 2010

EPA Lead Rule Effective April 22nd

On April 22nd, 2010, the 2008 EPA Lead Rule became effective, which could potentially increase contractors’ risk for pollution liability claims. This Rule states that “contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.” As such, it is imperative that contractors be more aware of potential known or even unknown pollutants on the sites on which they work and be informed of the types of environmental insurance coverages that are available to them in the event a future claim is encountered.

Brokers should work with their contractor clients to educate them on this new regulation including training classes that they may be required to attend and how the various types of environmental insurance may protect them against potential future claims.

To learn more about this regulation, click here to connect directly to the regulation on the U.S. EPA website.…

July 22, 2010

New Stormwater Rules in Effect for Construction Projects

On February 1, 2010, the EPA effluent limitations guidelines and new source performance standards went into effect. These regulations were established in December 2009 “to control the discharge of pollutants from construction sites.” According to the U.S. EPA website, the following are some of the discharges prohibited:

  • Wastewater from washout of concrete, from washout and clean out of stucco, paint, from release oils, curing compounds and other construction materials
  • Fuels, oils, or other pollutants used in vehicle and equipment operation and maintenance
  • Soaps or solvents used in vehicle and equipment washing.

In addition, the EPA website states that various requirements become effective on different dates as follows:

  • February 1, 2010 – all construction sites requiring permit coverage must implement a range of erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention measures.
  • August 1, 2011 – any site disturbing 20 or more acres of land at a time must comply with the turbidity limitation (280 nephelometric turbidity units) of the regulation.
  • February 2, 2014 – the turbidity limitation becomes effective for any construction site disturbing 10 or more acres of land at a time.

These regulations present challenges to construction companies with regards to the additional inherent risk for potential claims. It is imperative that we educate our construction clients as to the impact that these regulations may have on the sites on which they work and the coverages that may be necessary to protect them against potential future claims.

Read more about the regulation on the U.S. EPA website.