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April 11, 2024

A foul odor prompts worry among Ivy City residents about toxic chemicals

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/, April 11, 2024 By: Paul Schwartzman For years, neighbors puzzled over the source of a burning stench pervading their blue-collar corner of Northeast Washington. The odor has been foul enough at times that they say they have shut their windows and stayed indoors. The list of suspected causes in Ivy City — an epicenter in […]

April 10, 2024

EPA finalizes the nation’s first PFAS limits in drinking water

Source: https://grist.org/, April 10, 2024 By: Joseph Winters & Sachi Kitajima Mulkey Some 70 years after they entered widespread chemical use, the federal government is finally regulating the so-called “forever chemicals” found in everything from nonstick cookware to menstrual products. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the nation’s first drinking water standards for six […]

April 9, 2024

Sacramento DA sues California alleging underground tanks leaking under Capitol building

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/, April 4, 2024 By: Theresa Clift The Sacramento County district attorney’s office has sued a state agency alleging that storage tanks are leaking hazardous substances under several downtown buildings, including the state Capitol. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court against the California Department of General Services, alleges the leakages are also […]

April 9, 2024

Federal judge dismisses $600 million lawsuit against paper mill for decades of toxic chemical releases in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Source: https://www.wsws.org/, April 4, 2024 By: Kevin Reed On March 15, a federal judge dismissed the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of a neighborhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, against Graphic Packaging International (GPI) and 21 local, state and federal government agencies and individuals. The $600 million lawsuit was filed last June and charged […]

April 8, 2024

CSB Investigating 2 Toxic Chemical Incidents

Source: https://www.powderbulksolids.com/, April 5, 2024 By: Kristen Kazarian The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has launched investigations into toxic chemical releases at two facilities in Louisiana during 2023: the release of hydrogen fluoride (HF) and chlorine at the Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies facility in Geismar in January 2023, and the release of […]

April 8, 2024

Are brokers overlooking environmental insurance?

Source: https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/, April 5, 2024 By: Mark Schoeff Jr. Demand for environmental insurance seems to be growing at a slower pace than rising political concerns about climate and increasing liability costs related to damaging land, air and water. Part of the reason may be that insurance brokers don’t know much about the coverage. “The demand, […]

April 8, 2024

South Florida Crane Collapse Kills 1 Worker, Injuries People on Bridge

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, April 5, 2024 A construction worker was killed and three other people were injured when a crane section fell onto a bridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, heavily damaging cars that were crossing the bridge Thursday. The Miami Herald and other news sites reported that the worker was on the crane when it collapsed […]

April 5, 2024

Tainted water flowed to these Texans’ homes for three years. No one told them.

Source: https://www.texastribune.org/, April 1, 2024 By: Carlos Nogueras Ramos Leslie Borrego lives in a modest house south of the city limits, built 24 years ago by her late husband Raúl, who died unexpectedly from an aneurysm four years ago. The walls, decorated with framed portraits of Raúl, have provided shelter to Borrego and her growing […]

April 5, 2024

Tips for Drafting Performance Specifications

Source: https://www.lexology.com/ William J. Tinsley, Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP An owner’s traditional design (or prescriptive) specifications give the contractor specific, step-by-step details for construction. If the contractor builds a project according to design specifications, it has no liability for the design. In contrast, true performance specifications focus upon the owner’s requirements for the finished project. […]

April 5, 2024

Spokane International Airport receives enforcement order for PFAS contamination cleanup

Source: https://www.kxly.com/, April 3, 2024 By: Peter Choi, Vincent Saglimbeni The West Plains Community continues to deal with PFAS contamination. PFAS, also known as “Forever Chemicals” are found in everyday products. The Washington Department of Ecology issued an enforcement order wanting the Spokane International Airport to clean up the pollution and be named as the […]

April 4, 2024

Real Estate Developers’ Wrap-Up Challenges & Benefits

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, April 1, 2024 By: James Pfeiffer, TSIB Real Estate development is a business process that focuses on the overall development and renovation of a property, whether that is an existing property or a brand-new one. When it comes to real estate development, it is important that the proper Wrap-Up insurance is placed prior […]

April 4, 2024

Officials outraged after chemical drums found buried in Long Island park

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/, April 3, 2024 By: Carolyn Gusoff Toxic chemicals were recently found buried underground on Long Island, leaving officials fuming. The 55-gallon drums were discovered in Bethpage Community Park and are believed to date back decades. Workers are testing the soil around where six drums were unearthed at a former ballfield. The soil was being […]

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