Residents of Florida and other states in the path of Hurricane Irma may have a rude awakening after the winds die down and the rain and storm surge stop.
The severity of superstorms like Katrina, Sandy, and now Harvey has significantly raised the liability stakes for companies over the release of toxic substances from hazardous waste and chemical storage sites.
EPA cleanup policies may not be enough to protect human health as contaminants from superfund sites threaten to spread in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, community advocates and climate change groups say.
General Electric will pay New York $13.5 million to resolve its potential liabilities at a contaminated upstate site, after the parties reached an agreement.
A teacher and students at a Southern California elementary school presented enough exposure and causation evidence to proceed with claims stemming from a toxic plume that migrated from an adjacent industrial site.
Growing human health concerns about the toxic vapors of a common pollutant seeping into buildings from contaminated groundwater and soil are prompting stepped-up state reviews but not new regulations.
New bipartisan brownfields legislation in the Senate could let some entities off the hook for contaminated site cleanup, while allowing more parties to become prospective site purchasers.
The owner of contaminated site can’t recover damages from a prior owner under the Michigan site access law for a tardy cleanup.