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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 […]

May 7, 2020

West Virginia suit filed over exposure to firefighting foam

Source: https://www.wdtv.com/, May 7, 2020 Seven companies have been named in a lawsuit related to the contamination of a West Virginia city’s water supply from firefighting foam. The lawsuit filed by Charles Town attorney Stephen Skinner seeks damages for exposing Martinsburg residents to chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAs. Among the defendants […]

May 6, 2020

Portland warns of bacteria lurking in water systems while buildings are empty

Source: https://www.bizjournals.com/, May 5, 2020 By: Jonathan Bach p class=”content__segment combx meterwall__content”>Stagnant water inside buildings can become a spawning ground for potentially lethal bacteria, including Legionella, Portland city officials warned. Legionella can cause Legionnaires’ diseases, a kind of pneumonia. Read more.

May 6, 2020

Lead Paint, Asbestos Mitigation Plans Fall Short in Military Family Housing, IG Finds

Source: https://www.military.com/, May 5, 2020 By: Patricia Kime Military families living in 38,000 housing units owned and operated by the U.S. government face health and safety risks such as lead-based paint, asbestos, radon and contaminated drinking water because the services have failed to monitor these threatening living conditions, the Defense Department’s Inspector General found. Read […]

May 5, 2020

Bennington professors say NY incineration caused toxic contamination

Source: https://vtdigger.org/, May 4, 2020 By: Elizabeth Gribkoff Bennington College professors say that the incineration of toxic firefighting foam at a plant near Albany, New York, appears to have contaminated nearby communities with PFAS. The federal Department of Defense and 25 states, including Vermont, shipped old foam to the Norlite Incinerator in an effort to […]

May 5, 2020

3M buys contaminated school property, still facing regulator scrutiny, lawsuits, grand jury

Source: https://whnt.com/, May 4, 2020 By: Brian Lawson One of the former landfill sites the City of Decatur asked 3M last year to investigate — Brookhaven Middle School — has been sold by the Decatur Board of Education to 3M for $1.25 million. The site is one of three where preliminary surveys found high concentrations of toxic PFAS […]

May 4, 2020

Some industrial sites in Indiana may be discharging toxic ‘forever chemicals,’ report says

Source: https://www.southbendtribune.com/, May 2, 2020 By: London Gibson About 100 industrial facilities in Indiana could be discharging toxic “forever chemicals” also known as PFAS substances, according to a new report. Indianapolis alone contains 14 of these sites, with another six in the East Chicago area and five in Fort Wayne. The other sites are spread […]

May 4, 2020

Avoid the foam on Battle Creek, pollution officials say after tests find chemicals

Source: https://www.twincities.com/, May 1, 2020 By: Kristi Belcamino State pollution officials are warning people not to touch foam on the surface of Battle Creek after confirming potentially harmful chemicals were found in samples taken in the past year. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in January asked 3M to come up with a new strategy for […]

April 30, 2020

OSHA cites engineer, 10 contractors in deadly Hard Rock New Orleans collapse

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, April 7, 2020 By: Kim Slowey After a months-long investigation, OSHA has cited and fined 11 firms in connection with the October 2019 partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. The agency has proposed fines totaling $315,536, and all companies have 15 days to contest the monetary fines and citations. […]

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