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April 12, 2024

Explainer: Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water Could Fuel Litigation

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, April 12, 2024 By: Clark Mindock The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the first federal regulations on toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water, setting tight limits that essentially require public water systems to all but eliminate their presence in American tap water. The highly anticipated rules target six per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, […]

April 11, 2024

Indiana Attorney General launches massive lawsuit against manufacturers of ‘forever chemicals’

Source:https://www.953wiki.com/, April 11, 2024 Attorney General Todd Rokita today announced a lawsuit against 22 companies that, contrary to law, continued manufacturing substances known as “forever chemicals” despite these same companies possessing overwhelming evidence the substances posed serious health risks. “We’re taking action today to hold these companies accountable for their clear violation of laws designed […]

April 10, 2024

EPA finalizes the nation’s first PFAS limits in drinking water

Source: https://grist.org/, April 10, 2024 By: Joseph Winters & Sachi Kitajima Mulkey Some 70 years after they entered widespread chemical use, the federal government is finally regulating the so-called “forever chemicals” found in everything from nonstick cookware to menstrual products. The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the nation’s first drinking water standards for six […]

April 9, 2024

Federal judge dismisses $600 million lawsuit against paper mill for decades of toxic chemical releases in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Source: https://www.wsws.org/, April 4, 2024 By: Kevin Reed On March 15, a federal judge dismissed the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of residents of a neighborhood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, against Graphic Packaging International (GPI) and 21 local, state and federal government agencies and individuals. The $600 million lawsuit was filed last June and charged […]

April 8, 2024

CSB Investigating 2 Toxic Chemical Incidents

Source: https://www.powderbulksolids.com/, April 5, 2024 By: Kristen Kazarian The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has launched investigations into toxic chemical releases at two facilities in Louisiana during 2023: the release of hydrogen fluoride (HF) and chlorine at the Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies facility in Geismar in January 2023, and the release of […]

April 8, 2024

Are brokers overlooking environmental insurance?

Source: https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/, April 5, 2024 By: Mark Schoeff Jr. Demand for environmental insurance seems to be growing at a slower pace than rising political concerns about climate and increasing liability costs related to damaging land, air and water. Part of the reason may be that insurance brokers don’t know much about the coverage. “The demand, […]

April 8, 2024

South Florida Crane Collapse Kills 1 Worker, Injuries People on Bridge

Source: https://www.insurancejournal.com/, April 5, 2024 A construction worker was killed and three other people were injured when a crane section fell onto a bridge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, heavily damaging cars that were crossing the bridge Thursday. The Miami Herald and other news sites reported that the worker was on the crane when it collapsed […]

April 5, 2024

Tainted water flowed to these Texans’ homes for three years. No one told them.

Source: https://www.texastribune.org/, April 1, 2024 By: Carlos Nogueras Ramos Leslie Borrego lives in a modest house south of the city limits, built 24 years ago by her late husband Raúl, who died unexpectedly from an aneurysm four years ago. The walls, decorated with framed portraits of Raúl, have provided shelter to Borrego and her growing […]

April 5, 2024

Tips for Drafting Performance Specifications

Source: https://www.lexology.com/ William J. Tinsley, Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP An owner’s traditional design (or prescriptive) specifications give the contractor specific, step-by-step details for construction. If the contractor builds a project according to design specifications, it has no liability for the design. In contrast, true performance specifications focus upon the owner’s requirements for the finished project. […]

April 5, 2024

Spokane International Airport receives enforcement order for PFAS contamination cleanup

Source: https://www.kxly.com/, April 3, 2024 By: Peter Choi, Vincent Saglimbeni The West Plains Community continues to deal with PFAS contamination. PFAS, also known as “Forever Chemicals” are found in everyday products. The Washington Department of Ecology issued an enforcement order wanting the Spokane International Airport to clean up the pollution and be named as the […]

April 4, 2024

Officials outraged after chemical drums found buried in Long Island park

Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/, April 3, 2024 By: Carolyn Gusoff Toxic chemicals were recently found buried underground on Long Island, leaving officials fuming. The 55-gallon drums were discovered in Bethpage Community Park and are believed to date back decades. Workers are testing the soil around where six drums were unearthed at a former ballfield. The soil was being […]

April 4, 2024

Potential Liability Arising from Value Engineering

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, April 2, 2024 William J. Tinsley, Jr., Phelps Dunbar LLP Value engineering (VE) is intended to be a shared effort among the design professionals, the construction team and the project owner to enhance the performance and efficiency of a project during the design process. In true VE, the project’s lead design professionals carefully […]

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