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May 22, 2020

State requires U.S. Department of Energy to remove 10 buildings at contaminated Santa Susana Field Lab

Source: https://www.dailynews.com/, May 20, 2020 By: Olga Grigoryants, The U.S. Department of Energy agreed on Tuesday, May 20, to remove 10 contaminated buildings at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory tucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys and used during the Cold War-era to test rocket systems and nuclear reactors. Under […]

May 22, 2020

Navy’s PFAS Contamination of Chesapeake Bay

Source: https://www.laprogressive.com/ And Maryland’s Plan to Test Local Water & Oysters This article has two parts.  The first examines how the Patuxent River Naval Air Station (Pax River) used toxic firefighting foam in fire-fighting exercises near the beach at Hog Point for years that resulted in PFAS poisoning oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. The second […]

May 22, 2020

IDEM Faces Lawsuit For Not Paying Companies For Gas Station Cleanups

Source: https://www.wbaa.org/, May 19, 2020 By: Rebecca Thiele The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is facing a class action lawsuit over who can get reimbursed for cleaning up leaking underground gas tanks through a state fund. The environmental engineering firm Golars, some of the gas station owners it serves, and the United States Small Business […]

May 22, 2020

Air samples find Aspergillus mold once again at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Source: https://komonews.com/, May 19, 2020 By: Kara Kostanich There’s been another discovery of aspergillus mold at Seattle Children’s. A routine air test check detected low levels of what Children’s is calling “fungal spores” in several OR’s and an equipment storage room in the last few weeks. It’s problem that’s plagued the hospital for almost 20 […]

May 14, 2020

Court Rejects Umbrella Coverage for Oil Spill Cleanup Costs where Underlying Insurance Requirements were Not Satisfied

Source: https://www.jdsupra.com/, May 14, 2020 On May 6, 2020, a Montana federal court ruled that an insurer was not obligated to cover $1 million in cleanup costs incurred by an umbrella policyholder after spilling 238 barrels of crude oil and 1,200 barrels of production water into tail-water of the North Chinook Reservoir. In reaching that […]

May 13, 2020

City sues Sixth Street road project contractor

Source: https://www.apg-wi.com/, May 12, 2020 The city of Ashland is suing the contractor that rebuilt Sixth Street West and others involved in the project after years of disagreements over the quality of the work. The city claims road contractor James Peterson Sons and its bonding company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. didn’t fulfill terms of their […]

May 13, 2020

New Hampshire Ball Bearings sues after new system fails to protect groundwater

Source: https://www.unionleader.com/, May 12, 2020 By: Jonathan Phelps New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Peterborough has sued two companies in federal court after the installation of an environmental barrier failed to properly treat contaminants seeping into nearby groundwater. The company claims a system installed by New Jersey-based GeoSierra Environmental Inc. did not deliver the proper treatment […]

May 11, 2020

DC sues Monsanto over toxic chemicals

Source: https://wtop.com/, May 8, 2020 By: Ken Duffy D.C. is suing Monsanto Co. and two affiliated companies, alleging they knowingly manufactured, promoted and sold toxic chemicals that polluted the Potomac River and its tributaries. In the lawsuit, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine accuses Monsanto Co., which is known for making the herbicide Roundup, of knowing […]

May 11, 2020

UCF receives $1.4 million in football stadium defect suit

Source: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/, May 8, 2020 By: Annie Martin The University of Central Florida has received $1.4 million from the architect and some of the contractors involved in building its football stadium, which suffered from defects, including problems with rust. More than two years after the university filed a suit alleging the steel structure was wearing prematurely and […]

May 7, 2020

Illinois Sues Developer, Contractors Over Coal Plant Implosion

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, May 7, 2020 The Illinois attorney general’s office has filed a lawsuit against a developer and two contractors for the release of contaminants during the implosion of a smokestack at a defunct Chicago power station. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges Hilco Redevelopment Partners and its general contractors, MCM Management […]

May 7, 2020

New report shows high levels of PFAS in Madison airport runoff

Source: https://madison.com/, May 7, 2020 By: Chris Hubbuch New test results show water draining from the Madison airport contains harmful PFAS compounds at thousands of times the concentrations considered safe by other states. Various fluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems, were found in water taken from 23 outfalls, which […]

May 7, 2020

Studying mercury contamination in Virginia’s South River

Source: https://phys.org/, May 7, 2020 Mercury contamination has been a problem in Virginia’s South River since 1979, when mercury was discovered in the river. Mercury was used in industrial processes at the former DuPont Plant in Waynesboro, Virginia from 1929 to 1950 and in the early 1980s, the Virginia Department of Health issued advisories for […]

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