RT ECP: Agriculture

May 31, 2022

Cannon PFAS destroyed longtime Clovis farmer’s dairy

Source: https://www.abqjournal.com/, May 28, 2022 By: Theresa Davis Art Schaap remembers the day in 2018 when people from Cannon Air Force Base knocked on his front door and asked to test his water. The Clovis dairy farmer had seen airmen use firefighting foam during training exercises. But he soon learned that toxic chemicals from that […]

May 13, 2022

‘Forever Chemicals’ May Have Polluted 20 million Acres of US Cropland, Study Says

Source: https://www.earthisland.org/, May 10, 2022 By: Tom Perkins About 20 million acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, water-, or […]

May 10, 2022

‘Forever Chemicals’ and Risks to Farms

Source: https://www.dtnpf.com/, May 9, 2022 By: Chris Clayton  Jason Grostic looks over his mama cows and wonders how he became the guy that the state of Michigan has shut down from selling either his meat or his cattle because of contamination from “forever chemicals.” After working with state officials to test biosolids for more than […]

May 9, 2022

‘Forever chemicals’ may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, May 8, 2022 By: Tom Perkins About 20m acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, water- or stain-resistant. […]

January 5, 2022

Chicken waste stench raising stink among neighbors Hidden Valley Farms spreads poultry sludge

Source: Birmingham News, January 2, 2022\ Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/ Janice Williams thought something was dead near her Morgan County home based on the smell, but she couldn’t decide what it was. “I thought the dogs might have killed an armadillo. I searched the yard for an armadillo, but then I found out where the smell […]

March 26, 2020

Who Pays When Remediation Goes Wrong? A Federal Court’s Evaluation of Contractor Liability

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”) has been a prodigious generator of litigation for decades. First, the government sought to compel potentially responsible parties (“PRPs”) to clean up contaminated sites. Then, those PRPs who were found liable or who settled with the government sought contribution from other PRPs. Now, even after these […]

April 8, 2019

Air pollution from corn production might contribute to thousands of deaths each year

Source: https://www.popsci.com, April 4, 2019 By: Alex Schwartz The effects of agricultural practices on human health shouldn’t be overlooked. Lend your “ears” to this: A new study published this week in Nature found that America’s corn belt could contribute to thousands of air pollution deaths a year. Scientists at the University of Minnesota attributed around 4,300 premature American deaths […]

November 15, 2017

Watch for "Absolute Pollution" Clause

Source: https://www.dairyherd.com, November 15, 2017 By: Tiffany Dowell Lashment When a dairy finds itself a defendant in a lawsuit alleging groundwater contamination due to manure storage policies and application practices, likely one of the first calls made is to their insurance company. One dairy in Washington did just that, only to be told their insurer […]

August 30, 2017

Lead-Based Paint Is a “Pollutant” within CGL Pollution Exclusion

Source: http://www.constructionrisk.com, August 2017 By: Kent Holland Where lead-based paint was ingested by a tenant’s child, the tenant sued her landlord for injuries allegedly sustained by the child. The landlord tendered the claim to its commercial general liability (CGL) insurer who, instead of defending the case, filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a determination that […]

August 14, 2015

Insurers not liable in Minnesota farm pollution case

Source: http://greatlakesecho.org, August 14, 2015 By: Eric Freedman Neighbors of a now-defunct dairy operation in northwestern Minnesota have failed for a second time to hold the farm’s insurers responsible for pollution-related problems from manure lagoons on the property. A unanimous state Court of Appeals panel ruled that insurance policies for the former farm near Thief […]

February 18, 2015

Pig Farms heighten concerns over water/air quality

Read here about concerns over water and air quality resulting from pig farms.

January 16, 2015

Wisconsin manure insurance case offers important lessons for livestock farmers

Source: http://www.dairyherd.com, January 15, 2015 By: Texas Agriculture Law Blog Late last year, a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision regarding manure gained the attention of agricultural law attorneys across the country, according to Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, assistant professor and Extension specialist specializing in agricultural law with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. In that case, Wilson Mutual Insurance […]

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