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October 19, 2020

PFAS in Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated Water Resources on Military Bases and in Surrounding Communities

Source:, October 15, 2020 By: Jeffrey Karp and Edward Mahaffey, Sullivan & Worcester LLP Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are found in firefighting foam used by the military since the 1970’s for training exercises and to extinguish liquid and gas fires. These compounds are part of a larger class of toxic chlorinated […]

October 16, 2020

The construction insurance market faces rising uncertainty

Source:, October 16, 2020 By: Elana Ashanti Jefferson In 2020, it sometimes seems like no segment of society is untouched by COVID-19. Builders, contractors, architects and engineers, however, are rarely linked to the pandemic’s most painful economic punches. “In the last six months, we haven’t seen that much of an impact,” says Audrey Lau, […]

October 15, 2020

State sues Chemours, alleging its Fayetteville plant contaminated environment

Source: Fayetteville Observer (NC), October 14, 2020 Posted on: The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County against DuPont, Chemours and related companies to hold them accountable for the alleged environmental damage done by chemicals emitted from the plant. The GenX chemical that is produced by the plant […]

October 14, 2020

$35 Million Cleanup for 489 acres of former Bethlehem Steel site along Lake Erie shoreline

Source:, October 14, 2020 The former site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna is in line for (at least) an estimated $35 million cleanup, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced. Cuomo says that the comprehensive cleanup is thanks to a Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), that was issued […]

October 14, 2020

State sues for damages in ‘forever chemicals’ release

Source:, October 14, 2020 By: Gary D. Robertson The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River. Attorney General Josh Stein, who is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against […]

October 13, 2020

Field Decisions Gone Wrong: The Importance of Rectification Coverage

Source:, October 7, 2020 By: Mitch Cohen, RT ECP A temporary retaining wall was being constructed for on a new bridge in downtown Atlanta to retain excavated soil as a footing for the bridge pier. The plans specified the placement of retaining wall support beams one-third and two-thirds below the excavation. Everything was going […]

October 13, 2020

Deal reached to fix Detroit Riverfront where dock collapse spilled contaminated soil into river

Source:, October 12, 2020 By: Karen Drew & Derick Hutchinson? A deal has been reached to fix the Detroit Riverfront where a dock collapsed, spilling contaminated soil into the river. Revere Dock, the company that owns the West Jefferson Avenue property, will pay a fine and put in a new seawall, but the agreement doesn’t […]

October 13, 2020

PFAS contamination at La Crosse Regional Airport

Source:, October 12, 2020 By: Lindsey Ford Soil samples have shown a high rate of a potentially dangerous chemical in the groundwater at the La Crosse Regional Airport. PFAS are man-made chemicals commonly found in firefighting foam, and firefighters frequently use the airport grounds to test firefighting tools and tactics. Read more.

October 12, 2020

Deadly amoeba in Texas water supply raises concerns

Source:, October 12, 2020 The recent discovery of a deadly amoeba in the water supply of Lake Jackson, the subsequent issuance of a boil order for that town, and a declaration of disaster for Brazoria County by Gov. Greg Abbott raised concerns about the state’s water quality. Texas A&M AgriLife experts say that while […]

October 12, 2020

DRINKING WATER ADVISORY: Pennsylvania American Water Issues Boil Water Advisory for Customers in Norristown Water System

Source:, October 12, 2020 Pennsylvania American Water today issued a boil water advisory for all customers in its Norristown water system. Approximately 33,500 customers are affected. Pennsylvania American Water experienced a drop in positive water pressure due to a water main break this morning. As a result, there is an increased chance that the […]

October 9, 2020

Exide’s latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities

Source:, October 4, 2020 By: Christine Watkins In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) For decades, the negligent operators of Exide Technologies, a battery recycling facility, emitted lead, arsenic and other toxic contaminants into people’s homes, communities and […]

October 9, 2020

Who will foot $24M bill to clean up of one of Hudson County’s most polluted sites?

Source:, October 8, 2020 By: Peter D’Auria One of Hudson County’s most polluted properties is in line for a federal cleanup. But first, officials have to figure out who will pay for it. The Environmental Protection Agency is working to determine who will foot the bill for the remediation of the Diamond Head Oil […]



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