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June 3, 2021

Faulty weld suspected for I-40 bridge fracture

Source:, May 27, 2021 By: Noel Oman A bad weld is suspected as the cause of the significant fracture found in a 900-foot steel beam on the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis, according to a top Arkansas Department of Transportation official. The suspicion prompted the agency to accept the recommendation […]

June 3, 2021

ARCO ordered to pay $16.3M in East Helena smelter cleanup

Source:, May 28, 2021 By: Phil Drake A federal court judge has ruled Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) must pay Asarco $16.3 million for ongoing cleanup at the East Helena smelter facility that caused arsenic contamination to groundwater. Read more.

June 3, 2021

Maine farmers get little help cleaning up ‘forever chemical’ contamination

Source:, June 1, 2021 By: Sam Schipani In 2016, testing at Fred Stone’s Maine dairy farm showed stratospherically high levels of certain chemicals used in manufacturing in his soil and water. The culprit was likely his use of biosolids as fertilizer, something that environmental protection officials had assured him for years was safe. The […]

May 27, 2021

Mold Discovery During Hotel Renovations Denied Coverage, Says Court

Source:, May 25, 2021 By: Autumn Demberger When Sky Harbor Atlanta Northeast and Crestline Hotels & Resort were in the middle of a hotel remodel, mold was discovered growing on the premises. Sky Harbor, which owned the hotel itself, and Crestline, which managed the property, turned to their commercial property insurer Affiliated FM Insurance […]

May 27, 2021

PFAS in pesticides: ‘A problem of epic proportions’

Source:, March 5, 2021 By: E.A. Crunden and Ariel Wittenberg “Forever chemicals” are present in multiple common pesticides, according to new testing conducted by an environmental watchdog group and released exclusively to E&E News. The findings, described as “deeply concerning,” raise a host of public health concerns — including implications for food safety — […]

May 25, 2021

South Jersey residents sue chemical companies over ‘public health catastrophe’

Source:, May 24, 2021 By: Jon Hurdle A local battle against toxic chemicals polluting water, soil and air in parts of South Jersey is going to federal court, as multiple lawsuits are being prepared alleging that chemicals emitted by two industrial plants caused birth defects, cancers and other illnesses in dozens of people. Four […]

May 25, 2021

Mountaire Settles Environmental Suit in Delaware

Source:, May 24, 2021 Mountaire Corp., the poultry producer that is headquartered in Little Rock but has most of its operations on the East Coast, last month settled an environmental lawsuit in Delaware for $65 million and agreed to other improvements in its process. “While Mountaire does not believe that it caused any damage […]

May 24, 2021

Pollution coverage gaps your clients may not know about

Source:, May 21, 2021 By: Greg Meckbach The cost of cleaning up after spills of petroleum, oil, or other contaminants may not be covered under your client’s liability or property policy, a managing general agent warns. Many clients are exposed to pollution risk but are not necessarily aware of it, said Christine Christine Nauth, […]

May 24, 2021

What you need to know about ‘forever chemicals’ in Maine’s soil

Source:, May 21, 2021 By: Sam Schipani Toxic substances known as “forever chemicals” have been found in high levels in wells and farms across Maine. This class of chemicals, which has been linked to a number of chronic illnesses, has entered the Maine food system. An unusual property of these substances that poses a […]

May 24, 2021

Charlotte man sues pulp mill over ‘rotten egg’ odor that’s sickening NC, SC residents

Source: Charlotte Observer, May 20, 2021 Posted on: A south Charlotte homeowner has sued a South Carolina pulp and paper mill whose fumes have sickened residents in the Carolinas for many months. Kenny White, who lives off Rea Road in the Ballantyne area, filed the private-nuisance, class-action lawsuit against New-Indy Containerboard of Catawba, S.C, […]

May 19, 2021

Environmentalists plan to sue state, port and property owner over Piney Point

Source: Tampa Bay Times, May 18, 2021 Posted on: Just over a month after millions of gallons of wastewater were pumped from the old Piney Point fertilizer plant site into Tampa Bay, environmental groups said Tuesday they plan to sue, claiming state and local leaders and the property owner failed to protect the region. […]

May 19, 2021

Delaware County sues chemical makers over PFAS contamination at three fire facilities

Source:, May 18, 2021 By: Frank Kummer The Delaware County District Attorney’s Office has filed a civil complaint against dozens of chemical manufacturers for what it says is the companies’ role in contaminating local fire facilities with PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” with some levels thousands of times in excess of federal guidelines. The […]


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