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January 19, 2021

Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Insurance Coverage

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, January 18m, 2021 By: Meagan L. Moore, Brouse McDowell There is general familiarity with some chemicals and the risks these chemicals pose to human health and the environment. If trichloroethylene (TCE) is present in soil or groundwater at a former industrial site, the potential risks of exposure and associated liabilities are commonly understood. […]

January 15, 2021

Legionnaires’ at Flint hospital dating to 2008 could affect criminal cases in water crisis

Source: https://www.freep.com/, January 13, 2021 By: Joe Guillen A recent federal investigation into a Flint hospital traced Legionnaires’ disease cases back to 2008 — years before the city’s water crisis unfolded — raising questions about any potential criminal charges former Gov. Rick Snyder and other state officials could face for their roles in the Flint water crisis, […]

January 15, 2021

N.J. sues U.S. military, wants feds to pay for tainted drinking water cleanup

Source: https://www.nj.com/, January 14, 2021 For decades, the U.S. military used a special foam to fight fires on bases around the Garden State. That foam, and the toxic chemicals inside it, slowly seeped into the surrounding area and throughout groundwater supplies, according to New Jersey authorities, compromising the safety of nearby drinking water. Now, New […]

January 15, 2021

EPA Can’t Evade Enviro Firm’s $2.7M Cleanup Site Pay Claim, US Court Says

Source: https://www.enr.com/, January 10, 2021 By: Mary B. Powers A Richmond, Va., federal appeals court has restored an environmental consultant’s legal fight for $2.7 million in federal funds to cover work at a Superfund cleanup site it managed, rejecting a lower court’s dismissal of its claim over a technicality. In ordering the federal district court […]

January 15, 2021

Ex-governor, 8 other former Michigan officials charged in Flint water crisis

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/, January 14, 2021 By: David K. Li and Erin Einhorn Nine former Michigan officials, including ex-Gov. Rick Snyder, were charged Thursday in connection with the Flint water crisis in a case one prosecutor said was about “finally, finally, finally holding people accountable.” Snyder, 62, and eight others who worked under him face a host of charges […]

January 14, 2021

Michigan hospital allegedly source of Legionnaires’ since 2008

Source: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/, January 13, 2021 By: Gabrielle Masson Hospital was a source of Legionella bacteria for more than a decade, according to CDC documents obtained by ABC affiliate WJRT.  The 47-page letter titled “Investigation of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ Disease” was sent to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and is dated December 2019. Jim Haveman, former state […]

January 14, 2021

Report: Michigan Ex-Gov. Snyder Charged in Flint Water Probe

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, January 13, 2021 By: Ed White, David Eggert and Tammy Webber Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak […]

January 13, 2021

Salem To Clean Up Arsenic Found At Lower Gallows Hill Park

Source: https://patch.com/, January 13, 2021 By: Scott Souza The $1.6 million renovation of the Ryan Brennan Skatepark and surrounding area did not make it through the five years of the project without some eye-opening discoveries. A big one came when an environmental study of the ground on the periphery of the park near Mansell Field […]

January 11, 2021

Peshtigo Residents Reach $17.5M Settlement Over PFAS Contamination

Source: https://spectrumnews1.com/, January 8, 2021 By: Jeff Dahdah A group representing residents in the Town of Peshtigo have reached a $17.5 million settlement with Tyco, a company that produces firefighting foam in Wisconsin near Marinette, over contamination of a manmade set of chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — or PFAS. The settlement includes $15 […]

January 11, 2021

First Circuit Rules Excess Insurer Must Provide Coverage for Fuel Spill

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, January 7, 2021 By: Syed S. Ahmad and Adriana Perez, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP The First Circuit recently held that a “Special Hazard and Fluids Limitation Endorsement” was ambiguous and therefore there was excess coverage for a fuel spill that occurred after a tanker-truck overturned. In Performance Trans. Inc. v. General Star Indem. Co., […]

January 8, 2021

Here’s the latest on the Fort Bragg housing complaint class-action suit

Source: https://www.fayobserver.com/, January 8, 2021 By: Rachael Riley Another Fort Bragg family has entered into a class-action complaint against Fort Bragg’s housing provider, Corvias, as Corvias looks to have the class-action complaint dropped. On June 24, three Fort Bragg families filed complaints against Corvias and its partners.  Read more.

January 8, 2021

Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak in north Portland worsens, sends another person to hospital

Source: https://www.kptv.com/, January 7, 2020 By: Drew Marine Another person is in the hospital with Legionnaire’s Disease after an outbreak was first reported at a North Portland apartment complex on Monday. “Honestly just afraid and concerned,” Ann Negosh, who lives near Rosemont Court, said about the outbreak. Read more.

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