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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 […]

September 3, 2019

California Supreme Court rules late notice no bar to insurance claims

Source:, August 30, 2019 By: Judy Greenwald In what is described as a pro-policyholder ruling, the California Supreme Court held Thursday that it is a fundamental policy that California policyholders can proceed with their claims even if they give late notice, unless their insurer can prove it substantially prejudices it. Read more.

June 21, 2019

In rural Alaska, school districts deal with a legacy of unaddressed contamination

Source:, June 19, 2019 By: Rashah McChesney There are thousands of open contaminated sites in Alaska.  Typically, when one is discovered, it’s up to the landowner — or the person responsible for making the mess — to clean it up.  But there are dozens of sites where this process has broken down — where it isn’t […]

June 7, 2019

IU’s lawyers say the university isn’t contractually obligated to keep its rooms clean

Source:, April 28, 2019 By: Lexi Haskell Here’s what else you’ve missed with the lawsuit. IU is not contractually obligated to provide clean, safe or mold-free housing to its students, attorneys representing the university’s Board of Trustees have argued in a court filing. More than 20 IU students who lived on the Bloomington campus […]

May 17, 2019

A dangerous delay

Source:, May 16, 2019 By: Jenn Abelson, Amy Brittain and Sarah Larimer The University of Maryland waited 18 days to inform students of a virus on campus. That decision left vulnerable students like Olivia Paregol in the dark. It had been six days since Olivia Shea Paregol walked out of the University of Maryland […]

May 16, 2019

Frantic parents fear for kids after radioactive contamination found at Ohio middle school

Source:, May 16, 2019 By: Safia Samee Ali “It’s so scary that my child has been exposed to this because I have no idea how it’s going to affect him,” one mother said. Ashley Day has always worried about the health risks of living a few miles from a defunct nuclear power plant in […]

January 9, 2019

Millbrook students ‘home’ after months-long mold cleanup, repairs

Source:, January 9, 2018 By: Nina Schutzman A Millbrook district elementary school is open again, nearly four months after shutting down for mold remediation and renovations. And for Elm Drive Elementary’s 160-plus students, the re-opening of their building brought a fresh start and a homecoming. Elm Drive had been closed since September. While remediation and […]

November 28, 2018

Mercer University cleaning up hazardous site

Source:, November 28, 2018 By: Avery Braxton The Mercer University Triangle is considered a hazardous site by the Environmental Protection Division. An area frequented by Mercer University students and Bibb County residents has been considered a hazardous site for years. The “Mercer University Triangle” lies right alongside Mercer Village and focused primarily where Montpelier […]

November 27, 2018

Freshman death leads to fears of possible mold-adenovirus connection at University of Maryland

Source:, November 23, 2018 By: Teri Webster The University of Maryland in College Park is contending with fears about whether a student’s death from adenovirus was related to mold found in campus dorm rooms. Five more students also have illnesses tied to the virus, but it isn’t clear if mold is the culprit, according to published […]

November 1, 2018

AG’s Office accused of foot-dragging on PFAS pollution crisis

Source:, November 1, 2018 By: Paul Egan The Michigan Attorney General’s Office dragged its feet on putting legal muscle behind state claims that the U.S. Air Force is liable for chemical contamination of waters around a former military base in northern Michigan, according to an attorney who owns nearby property. Anthony Spaniola’s allegations — in part corroborated by minutes of meetings […]

October 8, 2018


Source:, October 8, 2018 The bacteria was discovered following two cases of Legionnaires’ disease Nine schools and one hotel in West Orange, N.J., discovered legionella bacteria following two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease. The schools and hotel are flushing pipes and the hotel has replaced shower heads. The bacteria has been found in drinking water at all but three […]

July 19, 2018

Towers Residence Suites to remain closed as WSU clears Legionella from campus

Source:, July 16, 2018 Wayne State University officials say they are working to eliminate the Legionella bacteria that has been found in a number of buildings on campus. However, they say that while much of the contamination has been remediated, work still needs to be done on several facilities, including the Towers Residence Suites and the […]



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