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May 25, 2023

Owner of downtown Denver high-rise apartment sues after glass panes on balconies shatter

Source: https://www.denverpost.com/, May 25, 2023 By: Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton The owner of a downtown Denver high-rise apartment building is suing a slew of companies for construction defects after glass panes started crashing from balconies last year. Real estate investment trust Equity Residential, which purchased the 274-unit Eviva on Cherokee Apartments building in early 2019, filed […]

May 25, 2023

Trouble Downstream: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reaches natural resource damages settlement with Chrome Plater for PFAS contamination

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, May 22, 2023 By: Kodi J. Verhalen and John F. Huldin, TaftStettinius & Hollister LLP On May 17, 2023, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that they had reached a settlement with Douglas Corp., a chrome plater, regarding its historical use and disposal of plating solutions containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl […]

May 23, 2023

Two Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Public Gym in Illinois

Source: https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/, May 19, 2023 By: Tori Whitacre Martonicz According to public health officials, 2 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been traced back to an L.A. Fitness facility in Niles, Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began investigating the gym on May 5. That same day, they announced that L.A. Fitness closed its […]

May 23, 2023

Patients Still Haven’t Returned to Texas Medical Barracks Battling Legionella

Source: https://www.military.com/, May 19, 2023 By: Thomas Novelly Eight months after detecting Legionella, a medical barracks at Joint Base San Antonio is still shuttered to residents and employees. The barracks detected the bacteria, which can cause a severe type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease, in its water this past September, forcing 100 residents and 50 employees in […]

May 19, 2023

EPA proposes rules that could require utilities to clean up ‘legacy’ coal ash ponds, landfills

Source: https://www.wastedive.com/, May 19, 2023 By: Ethan Howland When the EPA issued its coal ash regulations in October 2015, it exempted ponds and landfills that were used at power plants that had retired before the rule took effect. The EPA expects about 280 coal ash ponds and landfills will be affected by the proposal, which […]

May 18, 2023

Douglas Corp to pay $1.37 million for contaminating 3 metro area lakes with ‘forever chemicals’

Source: https://www.fox9.com/, May 17, 2023 By: Nathan O’Neal The Douglas Corporation has agreed to pay $1.37 million through a natural resource damages settlement agreement for its role in contaminating three metro area lakes with “forever chemicals,” the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday. Read more.

May 18, 2023

Consultants: Design Issues, Operations Lapses Led to Big Kansas Oil Spill

Source: https://www.claimsjournal.com/, May 18, 2023 By: John Hanna and Josh Funk Pipeline design issues, lapses by its operators and problems caused during its construction led to a massive oil spill on the Keystone pipeline system in northeastern Kansas, according to a report for U.S. government regulators. An engineering consulting firm said in the report that […]

May 17, 2023

Farmlands are Being Impacted by Toxic Chemicals Called PFAS

Source: https://www.legalreader.com/, May 17, 2023 By: Sara E. Teller In 2014, Adam Nordell and his wife bought a 44-acre Songbird Farm in Maine to grow organic produce and raise a beautiful family. Seven years later, they found out that their farmlands were brimmed with toxic chemicals known as PFAS, or per-and polyfluorinated substances. PFAS are a […]

May 16, 2023

Toxic Contaminant in Water Linked to Sharp Increase in Parkinson’s Risk

Source: https://www.sciencealert.com/, May 16, 2023 By:L Chris Panella A new study of over 300,000 veterans found a strong connection between contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology, concluded that the risk of Parkinson’s was 70 percent higher in Camp Lejeune […]

May 16, 2023

NYC skyscrapers turning to carbon capture to lessen climate change

Source: https://apnews.com/, May 15, 2023 By: Cathy Bussewitz From the outside, the residential high-rise on Manhattan’s Upper West Side looks pretty much like any other luxury building: A doorman greets visitors in a spacious lobby adorned with tapestry and marble. Yet just below in the basement is an unusual set of equipment that no other […]

May 12, 2023

Cleanup of Howell chemical drum site to take months; owner fined $1 million

Source: https://www.app.com/, May 12, 2023 By: Amanda Oglesby Cleanup will likely continue for months at a Howell industrial site where hundreds of chemical drums — many of which are leaking, rusted or severely damaged — were left abandoned, according to federal environmental regulators. Compounders Inc. manufactured asphalt, glues and adhesives at 15 Marl Road until […]

May 12, 2023

Long popular in Asia, floating solar catches on in US

Source: https://apnews.com/, May 12, 2023 By: Isabella O’Malley When Joe Seaman-Graves, the city planner for the working class town of Cohoes, New York, Googled the term “floating solar,” he didn’t even know it was a thing. What he did know is that his tiny town needed an affordable way to get electricity and had no […]

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