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July 23, 2010

Insurance Agency Owners on Hook for Old Oil Spill

The owners of a small insurance agency in Odgensburg, New York are being sued for the $374,000 cleanup of their office property, a former gas station. After routine construction excavation revealed oil contamination on the property, several 55-gallon drums were found on the site. The property was remediated in 2006, and per New York state […]

July 23, 2010

Initial Testing Confirms Suspect Material in Chinese-Made Drywall

The Environmental Protection Agency has found that Chinese-made drywall, suspected of causing serious problems in homes in Florida, Louisiana and several other states, contains three materials not found in US-manufactured wallboard. The testing was done at the request of Senators from Florida and Louisiana, where investigations have been launched into complaints from homeowners whose drywall […]

July 23, 2010

CPL for CA Road Project

New Day was asked to secure a project Contractor’s Pollution Liability (CPL) quotation within an extremely short time frame for a street and road project in California. After review of the project information and discussions with the agent, New Day worked closely with one carrier to quickly implement an appropriate project policy for the contractor […]

July 23, 2010

Pollution Coverage Quick Turnaround

New Day’s broker partner called one morning with an urgent request. A contractor client was unable to access a jobsite because they did not have the required pollution coverage. Using information provided by the broker, New Day quickly assessed the situation and provided the broker with a list of potential carriers, an estimated premium and […]

July 22, 2010

Electroplating Company Charged With Hazardous Waste Violations

A West Virginia federal grand jury charged a small electroplating business with illegally storing sulfuric acid and other hazardous waste. The two operators of the business failed to obtain the necessary permit from the EPA and have been charged with storing hazardous waste without a permit from October 2006 through February 2007. The EPA cleaned […]

July 22, 2010

Contractors Face Jail and Fines

Two Syracuse, NY contractors have been sentenced to jail for asbestos removal jobs that contaminated homes and businesses and even resulted in a Superfund cleanup. A federal judge also ordered the men to pay over $969,000 in restitution. The contractors pleaded guilty to violations of the Clean Air Act and other crimes relating to asbestos […]

July 22, 2010

Oil Company Pays $1.7 Million for Spill Containment Violations

A large Alaska oil company has paid more than $1.7 million for spill containment violations. An October 2007 inspection revealed the company was operating storage tanks and truck-loading facilities without large enough secondary spill containment to prevent oil from seeping into the ground. The company has corrected most of the deficiencies, with the remainder to […]

July 22, 2010

Architect Sued for Negligence

An Arizona architectural firm is being sued by a former client alleging breach of contract and professional negligence. Plans, specifications and drawings prepared by the architect for a property owner were used in the construction of an apartment building that was later found to be in violation of Fair Housing Construction Design requirements. The owner […]

July 22, 2010

Dairies Facing OSHA Fines

Two dairies in Ohio and Kansas have been fined nearly $420,000 by OSHA for alleged health and safety violations.  OSHA inspections at the Ohio dairy uncovered 11 critical safety violations and 5 willful violations of federal workplace safety standards that included deficiencies with regard to electrical safety, energy lockout procedures and confined space entry procedures. The […]

July 22, 2010

Energy Company Fined $175,000 After Spill

A pair of energy companies in New Hampshire are on the hook for over $175,000 in EPA fines after diesel fuel from their gas station leaked into a nearby river earlier this year. Due to a broken leak detection system, the spill was not reported until neighboring businesses noticed a strong fuel smell three days […]

July 22, 2010

Sewer Authority Faces Steep Fines for Illegal Discharges

The EPA has filed a lawsuit against a large sewer authority in Pennsylvania for illegally discharging over a billion gallons of untreated sewage into a nearby river. The complaint seeks fines of up to $37,000 per day for violations between 2004 and 2009, and $37,500 from January 2009 onward. Allegations include failure to submit long-term […]

July 22, 2010

Petrochemical Company Pays Over $10 million on Pollution Control

A large petrochemical manufacturer in Texas and Louisiana will spend over $10 million to implement pollution control initiatives resulting from air, water and hazardous waste violations. The company will also pay a civil penalty of $2.8 million to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The […]



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