RT ECP: Utilities

April 15, 2024

‘Forever chemicals’: New federal rule may cost SC water utilities millions

Source: https://scnow.com/, April 14, 2024 By: Sammy Fretwell and Morgan Hughes Utilities across South Carolina face hundreds of millions of dollars in costs to cleanse drinking water of harmful “forever chemicals’’ now that the federal government has finalized a rule to make water safe from the potentially cancer-causing toxins. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule, […]

October 9, 2023

Decades of Alleged Pollution Leads to Largest Environmental Settlement in D.C. History

Source: https://www.stateagreport.com/, October 5, 2023 District of Columbia AG Brian L. Schwalb settled with Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) for $57 million, the largest environmental settlement in D.C. history, to resolve allegations that the energy company released toxic pollution into the Anacostia River system in violation of CERCLA and D.C. environmental laws. Read more.

July 12, 2022

8M Illinoisans get drinking water from a utility where forever chemicals have been detected, investigation finds

Source: https://pantagraph.com/, July 11, 2022 By: Michael Hawthorne Something as simple as drinking tap water is exposing millions of Illinoisans to toxic chemicals that build up in human blood, cause cancer and other diseases and take years to leave the body. Scientists call the chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS. They are commonly known […]

August 30, 2017

Lead-Based Paint Is a “Pollutant” within CGL Pollution Exclusion

Source: http://www.constructionrisk.com, August 2017 By: Kent Holland Where lead-based paint was ingested by a tenant’s child, the tenant sued her landlord for injuries allegedly sustained by the child. The landlord tendered the claim to its commercial general liability (CGL) insurer who, instead of defending the case, filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a determination that […]

April 19, 2013

Minneapolis sues CenterPoint over 2011 gas explosion

Source: StarTribune, Minneapolis, April 18, 2013 By: Alejandra Matos Two years after a gas explosion in south Minneapolis, officials from the city and CenterPoint still dispute who is responsible for blast. The dispute between Minneapolis and CenterPoint Energy over who was at fault for a gas explosion near a south Minneapolis Cub Foods in 2011 […]

February 14, 2013

San Mateo Creek: Water leak kills fish

Source: http://www.sfgate.com, February 12, 2013 By: Peter Fimrite and Kevin Fagan A broken pipe sent thousands of gallons of drinking water cascading into San Mateo Creek over the weekend, killing scores, possibly thousands, of fish from chlorine poisoning. The dead fish began floating to the surface Saturday when a thousand gallons a minute of chlorinated […]

December 27, 2011

TN Property Owners Await Judges Decision

Read here about some Tennessee property owners who are waiting on a judge’s decision 3 years after a sludge spill.

July 26, 2011

SWEPCO reaches settlement on some challenges to Turk plant project

Source: http://www.news-journal.com, July 25, 2011 Southwestern Electric Power Co. on Monday announced it has reached a confidential settlement of lawsuits and other actions that challenged the construction of its John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant about 15 miles from Texarkana, Ark. Michael Morris, chairman and CEO of SWEPCO, said the action will allow the company […]

April 7, 2011

Utilities Knew Of Chrome-6 Contamination For Years

Source: Environmental Working Group, April 5, 2011 Posted on: http://www.publicworks.com 2004 Tests Found ‘Brockovich’ Chemical Nationwide Some water utility representatives have protested Environmental Working Group’s report of laboratory tests that found worrisome levels of chromium-6, a suspected carcinogen, in the drinking water of 31 cities across the country. Yet the tap water industry was worried […]

March 30, 2011

Socorro-Horizon wastewater fight goes on

Source: El Paso Times (TX), March 28, 2011 Posted on: http://envfpn.advisen.com A fight between the Horizon Municipal Utility District and the city of Socorro over a wastewater discharge project here continues. Most recently, a district judge ruled the Horizon Municipal Utility District has to get proper permits to continue with the project. However, Benny Davis, […]

December 17, 2010

Ohio Utility to Settle Clean Air Act Violations

Source: http://envfpn.advisen.com Publication Date 05/18/2010 Source: PR Newswire US Emissions to be cut by more than 34,000 tons annually American Municipal Power (AMP), an Ohio non-profit utility, will permanently retire its Richard H. Gorsuch Station coal-fired power plant near Marietta under a settlement to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and U.S. […]

August 16, 2010

Freon Contaminates Residential Water Supply Well

Acknowledgement to XL Environmental THE CLAIM Litigation was initiated by a water district against three companies for Freon contamination of a water supply well used by local residents. These three companies, in turn, filed a third-party claim against the insured as the prior owner of the facility from which the contamination discharged. Freon, which was […]


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