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September 21, 2023

3M plant in Brookings finds more PFAS contamination

Source: https://brookingsregister.com/ By: Mondell Keck A new report indicated the presence of PFAS in shallow groundwater and shallow soil at the 3M plant in Brookings, city councilors heard Tuesday night. The report comes amid an ongoing effort to track, contain and clean up PFAS contamination at the plant. That effort will expand with new monitoring […]

September 21, 2023

Chicago Sues Monsanto for Polluting City’s Air, Water, Soil with Toxic Chemicals

Source: https://news.wttw.com/, September 20, 2023 By: Heather Cherone For decades, Monsanto released toxic chemicals known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, into Chicago’s air, water and soil, causing significant harm to the city’s residents and its environment, Mayor Brandon Johnson said Wednesday. Now it is time for the agribusiness firm to pay to clean up the […]

September 21, 2023

General Contractor (GC)

Source: Distinguished Programs A GC was hired to build an athletic field using plans from a civil engineer who was retained by the owner to complete a preliminary design. At the owner’s  insistence, the GC hired the civil engineer under a design-build contract. After the field was constructed, it was determined that the completed design […]

September 20, 2023

University of Iowa study finds source of toxic chemicals in old Vermont school building

Source: https://cbs2iowa.com/, September 19, 2023 By: Kaelei Whitlatch New findings from the University of Iowa out of Vermont show that toxic chemicals may be found in older school buildings. A UI researcher says that if schools can find the source of the chemicals, a more cost-effective remediation can be found. The study found that most of the PCBs (polychlorinated […]

September 20, 2023

Who’s to blame? Architects are increasingly facing lawsuits over construction project delays, lawyers say

Source: https://www.roi-nj.com/, September 19, 2023 By: Brett Johnson In the aftermath of the pandemic’s many construction sector interruptions, there’s a battle over who should take the blame for long-delayed projects. Those eager to recoup costs associated with those delays are sometimes pointing the finger at their contractors, as well as design professionals. That’s being seen […]

September 20, 2023

Construction Manager (CM)

Source: Distinguished Programs A CM for a bridge replacement project was responsible for scheduling the procurement and delivery of steel beams necessary for the project. Due to a communication error, the delivery of the beams was going to be delayed for 4  weeks. Rather than have the steel subcontractor sit idle on the job site, […]

September 19, 2023

DNR: Aging manure basin leaked into ground, tiling and creek

Source: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/, September 8, 2023 By: Jared Strong More than 500,000 gallons of manure-contaminated water has been pumped from a creek in Greene County because an aging storage basin began to leak, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The DNR received a report Aug. 18 that a creek southeast of Jefferson had discolored […]

September 19, 2023

Missouri manufacturer faces accusations it polluted drinking water in the Bootheel

Source: https://missouriindependent.com/, September 8, 2023 By: Allison Kite Two counties in Missouri’s Bootheel suffer from cancer mortality rates drastically higher than the state or national average. On the border between them lies a manufacturing facility in Portageville that for more than 50 years has pumped out parts for cars — and according to some residents, […]

September 19, 2023

General Contractor (GC)

Source: Distinguished Programs A GC under a design-build contract hired an HVAC subcontractor to design and install an HVAC system for a residential apartment project. Once completed and occupied, the apartment units began developing mold and  residents subsequently began complaining of respiratory problems, headaches, and other physical ailments. An error in the HVAC design plans […]

September 8, 2023

Iowa DNR sues bio-fuel company C6-Zero for over $1.5 million in wake of fiery explosion and environmental contamination

Source: https://cbs2iowa.com/, September 8, 2023 Iowa Department of Natural Resources is suing C6-Zero and its owner Howard Brand for more than $1.5 million. In a lawsuit filed July 6th, IDNR cites two rounds of response to deal with the bio-fuel explosion and fire in Marengo on December 8, 2022. Read more.

September 8, 2023

Surfside condo collapse investigators say pool deck construction ‘deviated’ from design requirements

Source: https://abcnews.go.com/, September 7, 2023 By: Laura Romero Federal investigators looking into the Surfside, Florida, condo building collapse that killed 98 people in June 2021 revealed new findings in the probe on Thursday. The report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s investigation into the cause of the disaster at the Champlain Towers South building says, “the […]

September 8, 2023

Report: Davenport building collapse had two ‘root causes’

Source: https://www.thegazette.com/, September 7, 2023 By: Anthony Watt and Sarah Watson Removed brick and inadequate support structures caused the west wall at a downtown Davenport building to collapse in May, an investigative report released Thursday concluded. The report is dated Aug. 15, and was completed by two city-hired investigative engineering companies on the causes and […]

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