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October 22, 2020

N.J. chemical company sues, says it didn’t cause pollution it paid $3.5M to clean up

Source:, October 22, 2020 By: Bill Duhart A South Jersey chemical manufacturer has filed a lawsuit accusing a nearby refinery of being the source of water pollution for which the manufacturer has paid “millions” to remediate for more than a decade. Solvay Specialty Polymers — which had operated a facility in West Deptford, about 3 miles […]

October 21, 2020

An idle Venezuelan tanker with millions of gallons of oil is creating panic in Trinidad

Source: Miami Herald, October 20, 2020 Posted on: More than 20 months after a Venezuelan oil tanker carrying nearly 55 million gallons of crude oil was abandoned off the country’s northern coast following tightened U.S. sanctions, inspectors from neighboring Trinidad and Tobago will finally get a chance to see for themselves if the idle […]

October 20, 2020

PPG Industries reaches $5 million settlement with Jersey City homeowners over chromium contamination

Source:, October 19, 2020 By: Peter D’Auria An industrial products company could pay millions of dollars to Jersey City residents in a new class action settlement, potentially bringing an end to years of litigation over chromium contamination on Jersey City’s south side. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, PPG Industries would pay out […]

October 19, 2020

Are you missing the evolution in contractors’ professional liability insurance?

Source:, October 19, 2020 By: Edward L. Sheiffele, Jr. Historically, professional liability insurance policies related to construction have been created for specific individual risks: architects and engineers, contractors, developers, environmental consultants and other miscellaneous related professionals. There were also policies that addressed the exposure for the design, manufacture and installation of products. As a result, the technical […]

October 19, 2020

PFAS in Firefighting Foam Has Contaminated Water Resources on Military Bases and in Surrounding Communities

Source:, October 15, 2020 By: Jeffrey Karp and Edward Mahaffey, Sullivan & Worcester LLP Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are found in firefighting foam used by the military since the 1970’s for training exercises and to extinguish liquid and gas fires. These compounds are part of a larger class of toxic chlorinated […]

October 16, 2020

The construction insurance market faces rising uncertainty

Source:, October 16, 2020 By: Elana Ashanti Jefferson In 2020, it sometimes seems like no segment of society is untouched by COVID-19. Builders, contractors, architects and engineers, however, are rarely linked to the pandemic’s most painful economic punches. “In the last six months, we haven’t seen that much of an impact,” says Audrey Lau, […]

October 15, 2020

State sues Chemours, alleging its Fayetteville plant contaminated environment

Source: Fayetteville Observer (NC), October 14, 2020 Posted on: The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in Cumberland County against DuPont, Chemours and related companies to hold them accountable for the alleged environmental damage done by chemicals emitted from the plant. The GenX chemical that is produced by the plant […]

October 14, 2020

$35 Million Cleanup for 489 acres of former Bethlehem Steel site along Lake Erie shoreline

Source:, October 14, 2020 The former site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna is in line for (at least) an estimated $35 million cleanup, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced. Cuomo says that the comprehensive cleanup is thanks to a Consent Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), that was issued […]

October 14, 2020

State sues for damages in ‘forever chemicals’ release

Source:, October 14, 2020 By: Gary D. Robertson The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear River. Attorney General Josh Stein, who is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against […]

October 13, 2020

Field Decisions Gone Wrong: The Importance of Rectification Coverage

Source:, October 7, 2020 By: Mitch Cohen, RT ECP A temporary retaining wall was being constructed for on a new bridge in downtown Atlanta to retain excavated soil as a footing for the bridge pier. The plans specified the placement of retaining wall support beams one-third and two-thirds below the excavation. Everything was going […]

October 13, 2020

Deal reached to fix Detroit Riverfront where dock collapse spilled contaminated soil into river

Source:, October 12, 2020 By: Karen Drew & Derick Hutchinson? A deal has been reached to fix the Detroit Riverfront where a dock collapsed, spilling contaminated soil into the river. Revere Dock, the company that owns the West Jefferson Avenue property, will pay a fine and put in a new seawall, but the agreement doesn’t […]

October 13, 2020

PFAS contamination at La Crosse Regional Airport

Source:, October 12, 2020 By: Lindsey Ford Soil samples have shown a high rate of a potentially dangerous chemical in the groundwater at the La Crosse Regional Airport. PFAS are man-made chemicals commonly found in firefighting foam, and firefighters frequently use the airport grounds to test firefighting tools and tactics. Read more.

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