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February 26, 2021

Contaminated soil cleanup at former Koppers Facility complete

Source:, February 25, 2021 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of another cleanup at the former Koppers Wood-Treating Facility at 1555 North Marion St. in Carbondale Thursday. The agency required the current owner, Beazer East Inc., to address dioxin/furan-contaminated soil on 16 acres of the site. Read more.

February 26, 2021

Riverhead Town suing manufacturers that used toxic chemicals found in town wells

Source:, February 26, 2021 By: Tim Gannon Riverhead Town on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against three companies that manufactured products with poly-fluoroalkyl substances, including perfluorooctanoic and perfluorooctane sulfonic acids,  contaminants which have been found in town wells. The lawsuit — which seeks to recover the costs needed to protect the public and restore […]

February 26, 2021

Design and construction professionals face uncertain future amid COVID-19

Source:, February 25, 2021 By: Bethan Moorcraft Architects, engineers and contractors frequently face potential liabilities that place them at considerable financial risk because of the type and quality of services they deliver to clients. While this has been the case for the design and construction industries, the past year has troubled professionals with unforeseen […]

February 26, 2021

Worsening claim results concern A&E insurers

Source:, February 23, 2021 By: Judy Greenwald While just half of architect and engineer insurers reported worsening claim results last year, all insurers expressed concerns about this trend continuing, says a survey released Tuesday. The survey of 20 insurers by McLean, Virginia-based Ames & Gough found that 73% of insurers had introduced a rate […]

February 26, 2021

Insurers Plan to Continue Hiking Liability Rates for Architects, Engineers: Ames Gough

Source:, February 24, 2021 Most professional liability insurers covering architects and engineers (A/E) achieved varied premium growth last year as the U.S. construction industry remained resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, worsening claims experience is prompting these insurers to seek larger rate increases, according to a survey by specialty insurance broker Ames & Gough. […]

February 23, 2021

Zurich exits US environmental PLL but market viewed as “robust”

Source: The Insurer, February 23, 2021 Zurich’s US environmental practice has stopped writing site-specific pollution legal liability (PLL) having previously been a major player in the space, with broker CAC Specialty commenting that capacity remains abundant because of new entrants in recent years. In an update, CAC Specialty stated that Zurich has stopped offering site-specific […]

February 23, 2021

Why a $10-million limit did not apply to mitigation of loss in this professional liability policy

Source:, February 22, 2021 By: David Gambrill B.C.’s Court of Appeal recently confirmed that a $10-million coverage limit did not apply to mitigation of loss coverage in a professional liability insurance policy, in part because the policy grouped mitigation of loss coverage together with other types of damage that require a third-party claim to […]

February 22, 2021

PA American Water sues manufacturers of toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’

Source:, February 19, 2021 By: Wallace McKelvey One of Pennsylvania’s largest water utilities has sued 3M, DuPont and a host of other companies, alleging they knew — or should have known — that so-called “forever chemicals” they manufactured and distributed posed a hazard to the public. The lawsuit, filed by Pennsylvania American Water, is […]

February 22, 2021

DEC sets $14 million excavation of contaminated soil around FMC plant

Source:, February 22, 2021 By: Thomas J. Prohaska The state Department of Environmental Conservation has decided to go ahead with a $14 million plan to excavate arsenic-contaminated soil north and east of the FMC Corp. plant in Middleport. The company will have to pay for the remediation of lands that include farm fields, the […]

February 22, 2021

President of construction company in FIU bridge collapse: ‘We wish we would have done more’

Source:, February 18, 2021 By: Amy Viteri & Andrea Torres Munilla Construction Management was one of the companies behind the deadly Florida International University’s pedestrian bridge collapse. It has since rebranded Magnum Construction Management. Daniel Munilla, the president of the family-owned company, said he wrestles with what could have been done differently to prevent […]

February 22, 2021

Crews take ‘next steps’ toward removing teetering crane at Midtown high-rise

Source:, February 22, 2021 Efforts to bring down an unstable crane teetering outside a Midtown high-rise office tower continue Monday, and the resulting road closures could last through the end of the week, construction officials said. Several blocks in Midtown are closed in the area of West Peachtree and 13th streets as crews work […]

February 18, 2021

Spill from troubled Mead ethanol plant traveled 4 miles in waterways, state says

Source:, February 17, 2021 By: Chris Dunker The Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy on Wednesday said it’s continuing to monitor the release of waste material from AltEn Ethanol near Mead after a pipe burst on a 4 million-gallon digester tank late last week. In a news release, the department said the liquid discharge […]

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