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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, […]

August 4, 2020

Using Drones To Mitigate Pollution Losses

Source: Mondaq Business Briefing, August 3, 2020 Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ The development of drone technology is beginning to touch on a wide range of industries, sectors and aspects of life. Significant media attention has been dedicated both to beneficial uses of drones, such as unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) military reconnaissance missions, as well as the […]

August 3, 2020

Arsenic, PFAS Contaminated Water Spill in Marinette

Source: https://urbanmilwaukee.com/, July 31, 2020 By: Danielle Kaeding A Marinette manufacturer of firefighting foam is cleaning up a spill of contaminated water containing arsenic and so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Tyco Fire Products, part of Johnson Controls International, reported the spill to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Sunday around 9 p.m., according to a DNR […]

August 3, 2020

Investigation of water-borne contaminants starts at former Reese AFB, Texas

Source: https://www.upi.com/, July 31, 2020 By: Ed Adamczyk Investigative field work began on contaminants in the groundwater of the former Reese Air Base, Texas, the U.S. Air Force said. The base near Lubbock was closed in 1997 after a 50-year history. Like most U.S. air bases, it had relied since 1970 on foam, to put […]

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