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May 24, 2022

Lincoln Heights Apartment Project Uncovers Contaminated Grounds

Source: https://www.davisvanguard.org/, May 22, 2022 By: Emily Andrews In late 2021, a project’s re-development of 141 West Avenue 34––an apartment building in Lincoln Heights Los Angeles––brought back a forgotten case of a company’s toxic chemical dump in 1984. According to the Los Angeles Times, in the original 1984 case, investigators who searched underneath the Lincoln Heights […]

May 20, 2022

Insights into the environmental liability insurance market growth trend

Source: https://www.propertycasualty360.com/, May 19, 2022 By: Gene Nosovitch The environmental liability insurance market is experiencing significant growth due to several convergent factors impacting the supply chain and construction sector. Passage of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act in November 2021 has cleared the way for a construction boom fueled by a $1 trillion investment in the United States’ critical infrastructure. Many […]

May 19, 2022

Drummond agrees to clean up Alabama mine leaking into Black Warrior River, pay $3.6M

Source: https://www.al.com/, May 18, 2022 By: Dennis Pillion The Drummond Company has agreed to clean up an abandoned mine site west of Birmingham that environmental groups allege has been discharging acidic mining waste into the river since the mine closed decades ago. Drummond will also pay $3.65 million toward the plaintiff’s legal fees and supplemental […]

May 18, 2022

New problem at San Francisco’s still-sinking Millennium Tower means it may be forever tilting

Source: https://www.sfgate.com/, May 17, 2022 By: Andrew Chamings The seemingly unending saga of San Francisco’s lopsided luxury skyscraper, the Millennium Tower, may have hit another wall this week, literally. An underground shoring wall buried deep in the SoMa soil is threatening to hinder the $100 million dollar effort to right the sinking property, marking the […]

May 16, 2022

South Troy gas plant site cleanup has started

Source: https://www.timesunion.com/, May 12, 2022 By: Kenneth C. Crowe, II Crews are working in South Troy north of the Menands Bridge on a $35 million, multiyear project to clean up polluted soil on the property of the long-closed Troy Water Street Manufactured Gas Plant, state and city officials said. “We’ve been trying for a long […]

May 12, 2022

White House vows to speed up environmental review for federal projects

Source: https://www.constructiondive.com/, May 12, 2022 By: Julie Strupp Biden administration officials said in a press call Tuesday they will tweak the federal review process for environmental permits in an effort to speed up infrastructure construction. As part of the initiative, the White House released a permitting action plan Wednesday that lays out priorities and directives but does […]

May 9, 2022

Powerful port in NE Oregon pollutes water for years with little state action

Source: https://www.malheurenterprise.com/, May 8, 2022 By: Alex Baumhardt, Cole Sinanian and Jael Calloway Guadalupe Martinez points to a 24-pack of bottled water by her kitchen sink with just a few bottles left, one of thousands she’s brought home over the last 18 years. “Ever since we’ve been living here, we’ve been buying water,” she said. […]

May 6, 2022

Risky Business: Data centers

Source: AXA XL Data centers Data centers have become “mission critical” components within the world economy. With more individuals working  remotely, and their subsequent reliance on the “cloud”, along with the seemingly infinite demand for storage space  and processing power, the rate of new data center construction projects has grown steadily. It is estimated that […]

May 6, 2022

Risky Business: Curtain walls

Source: AXA XL Curtain walls A curtain wall is an exterior façade wall system that is attached to a building structure, often serving as a weather  barrier, but is not a structurally load-bearing building component. Demand for increasingly ornate, intricately  designed and energy efficient curtain wall systems in today’s construction market has grown dramatically and […]

May 6, 2022

Risky Business: Gypsum cement pourable floor underlayment

Source: AXA XL Gypsum Cement Gypsum cement is an effective pourable underlayment available to contractors worldwide, commonly used in an  array of residential and commercial vertical building applications. Gypsum cement is often used as an alternative to  standard concrete, given its faster curing times, lighter weight, on-site mixing, and self-leveling properties. Potential Concerns Lack of […]

May 3, 2022

Lead Paint Coverage Claim Bites the Dust

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, April 29, 2022 By: Gina M. Foran, William J. Baron and Philip R. Matthews, Duane Morris LLP Duane Morris lawyers helped secure a victory at the California Court of Appeal when the court held Tuesday that ConAgra’s insurers have no duty to indemnify ConAgra against a public nuisance action in which ConAgra was […]

April 29, 2022

Risky Business: Cold Storage

Source: AXA XL Cold storage Cold storage is traditional construction turned inside out. Instead of designing to keep heat in during cold weather,  cold storage units are designed to keep heat out. It is estimated that cold storage units are used to store  approximately USD 200 billion of frozen or refrigerated food products every year. […]

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