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August 10, 2020

SIENA GETS LONG-AWAITED FIXES AFTER SUIT SETTLEMENT

Source: https://www.montclairlocal.news/, August 8, 2020 By: Jaimie Julia Winters The Siena was touted as one of Montclair’s most luxurious condominium buildings when it opened in 2008. Developed on the former Hahne’s Department Store property, the building’s owners quickly sold all but eight of its 101 units as buyers sought what the builders termed an “enclave […]

August 10, 2020

‘Horrible sequence of mistakes’: How bullet train contractors botched a bridge project

Source: https://www.latimes.com/, August, 10, 2020 By: Ralph Vartabedian A series of errors by contractors and consultants on the California bullet train venture caused support cables to fail on a massive bridge crucial to the project, triggering an order to stop work that further delayed a project already years behind schedule, the Los Angeles Times has learned. […]

August 10, 2020

More firms agree to pay to clean up tainted N.J. water

Source: Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ), August 9, 2020 Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ New Jersey will likely pull in another $14.8 million this year as part of a long-running lawsuit against polluters statewide, which has now earned more than $369 million overall to help pay cleanup costs. Two new settlements were announced Monday by the state Department of […]

August 7, 2020

Georgia Residents Near Power Plant Sue Over Coal Ash Pollution

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, August 7, 2020 Residents near a middle Georgia power plant are suing Georgia Power Co., alleging the plant is poisoning their well water. The suit filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court alleges the electric utility has illegally released toxic heavy metals from coal ash at Plant Scherer into groundwater. Georgia Power is […]

August 7, 2020

Coronavirus shutdown causes new risk at CDC: Legionnaire’s disease

Source: https://www.cnn.com/, August 7, 2020 By: Maggie Fox The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has closed several buildings it leases in Atlanta because Legionella bacteria have been found in their water systems — bacteria that likely grew because of the prolonged pandemic shutdown. It’s a problem that people across the country need to […]

August 7, 2020

Contractor Spills Up To 20,000 Gallons Of Raw Sewage Into Oak Creek

Source: https://www.knau.org/, August 6, 2020 A contractor repairing a sewer main in Sedona accidentally spilled up to 20,000 gallons of raw sewage into Oak Creek Tuesday evening. It occurred along State Route 179 and gushed into the creek at about 150 gallons per minute. The spill was contained and the immediate area was disinfected by […]

August 7, 2020

FDEP: Lake Martha diesel fuel spill cleanup continues

Source: https://www.theledger.com/, August 5, 2020 By: Kathy Leigh Berkowitz The investigation and cleanup of Winter Haven Hospital’s diesel fuel release into Lake Martha is ongoing, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported Wednesday. A reported amount of 491 gallons of diesel was spilled into the lake when the hospital’s generator fuel valve malfunctioned in mid-July, leaving […]

August 5, 2020

US Air Force continues investigation into ‘PFAS’ contamination near Former Reese Airforce Base

Source: https://www.everythinglubbock.com/, August 4, 2020 By: Allysa Tellez On Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force began field work to investigate chemicals found in water near the former Reese Air Force Base. From 1970 until the base closure in 1997, Reese and many other Air Force bases trained their firefighters to extinguish air craft fires using firefighting […]

August 5, 2020

PCB cleanup makes uneven progress

Source: August 5, 2020 By: Timothy B. Wheeler It’s been a slog, but efforts are making headway to rid the Anacostia River of long-banned toxic chemicals that make it unsafe to eat many locally caught fish. After years of sampling and studies, District of Columbia officials have proposed tackling 11 hot spots of contamination in […]

August 5, 2020

Bayer Proposes $10 Billion Settlement For Three Chemical Lawsuits

Source: https://www.agweb.com/, August 4, 2020 By: Sonja Begemann Bayer recently announced its intent to settle all Roundup, dicamba drift and Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) water litigation cases between $10.1 and $10.9 billion. The company says this settlement is not an admission of fault, but rather a cost-effective way to end the “distraction.” “The decision to resolve […]

August 5, 2020

Engineering firm not entitled to coverage for pollution loss

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, August 4, 2020 By: Judy Greenwald A mechanical engineering firm cannot recover a pollution loss under its coverage because it filed its claim late, even though it was allegedly told by its insurer’s claims department to hold off filing a claim until a formal demand had been made, a federal appeals court said […]

August 4, 2020

Travelers unit wins pollution ruling against trucking firm

Source: https://www.businessinsurance.com/, August 3, 2020 By: Judy Greenwald A Travelers Cos. Inc. unit is not obligated to defend a trucking company for the damage caused by a hydrochloric acid cloud because of a pollution exclusion in its coverage, a federal appeals court said Friday, in affirming a lower court ruling. The plaintiff in the case, […]

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