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General Contractor Fined $25,000 for Sewage Spill

General Contractor Fined $25,000 for Sewage Spill

The Hawaii Department of Health issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order on January 7 against a contractor responsible for a sewage spill that sent 28,000 gallons of untreated domestic sewage into Reed’s Bay, just off the coast of the Big Island. The leak occurred on November 30, when workers for Maui-based Goodfellow Bros., LLC, a general contractor…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Environmental Insurance

Ask the Expert Q&A: Environmental Insurance

Mold contamination, storage tank leaks and other environmental hazards can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve, yet approximately 90 percent of all environmental losses are not covered by insurance. To learn more about mitigating environmental risks, we spoke with Gina Jones, Vice President, Director, Environmental Programs, Burns & Wilcox. What businesses are at risk for environmental losses? G.J.:…

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Hurricane Laura Slams Energy Industry Reeling from Pandemic

Oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico was slowed significantly beginning on August 23, as a pair of tropical storms approached U.S. shores and forced the shutdown and evacuation of nearly 300 offshore platforms. Hurricane Laura, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the U.S., made landfall on August 27, devastating the city of Lake Charles,…

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

Property Owner Settles Tenant Lawsuit for $3.5 Million

The former owner and manager of two apartment complexes in Washington, D.C. will pay $3.5 million to settle a tenant lawsuit alleging rat and bed bug infestations, sewage leaks, mold contamination and other hazards. The lawsuit, brought by the district’s attorney general in October 2018, also claimed the buildings’ hundreds of tenants were subjected to persistent violence, including multiple homicides…

Clearing the Air on Environmental Risk

Clearing the Air on Environmental Risk

Presented by: Gina Jones, Vice President, Director, Environmental Programs, Burns & Wilcox, and Karim Jaroudi, Product Specialist, Environmental, Burns & Wilcox Canada During this webinar, we discussed: Strategies to mitigate environmental risks Cautionary tales and coverage solutions available Complexities created by Cannabis and COVID-19 https://vimeo.com/428634396/040a89d9a4

Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 5,000 Gallons of Hazardous Material, Prompts Evacuation

Several homes were evacuated on February 3 after a semi-truck tanker overturned near Williamsburg, Kentucky and leaked 5,000 gallons of highly flammable butyl acrylate onto the railroad tracks below. Several agencies responded to the incident, including a hazmat crew to clean up the strong-smelling irritant. While officials reported the risks of the chemical spill spreading beyond the site were low,…

97,000-Plus Gallons of Wine Spill in California, Toxic Chemicals Ooze onto Michigan Highway

97,000-Plus Gallons of Wine Spill in California, Toxic Chemicals Ooze onto Michigan Highway

More than 97,000 gallons of cabernet sauvignon were spilled on January 22, when a door malfunctioned on a blending tank at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. The winery estimated roughly half the wine spilled was captured, recovered or contained within the winery; the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services estimated roughly 20 percent of the spilled wine was contained.…

Apartment Building Catches Fire Twice in Less than 48 Hours

Apartment Building Catches Fire Twice in Less than 48 Hours

A 16-unit apartment building was decimated and all 50 of its residents displaced after two fires broke out within 30 hours of each other at the Spring Hill Apartments complex in Goose Creek, South Carolina. While no one was injured in the early October blazes, which officials said appeared to be unrelated to one another, the American Red Cross was…

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse, Bourbon Plume Pollutes Rivers

Fire Destroys Jim Beam Warehouse, Bourbon Plume Pollutes Rivers

On July 2, lightning struck and ignited a fire at two Jim Beam distillery warehouses in Versailles, Kentucky. The fire, fueled by the 45,000 barrels—over 2 million gallons—of bourbon, burned for several days and reduced one warehouse and its contents to rubble. Bourbon from barrels destroyed in the fire flowed from the site into nearby Glenns Creek, the Kentucky River…

Hurricane Barry Serves as Flood Wake-up Call for Businesses, Homeowners

Hurricane Barry Serves as Flood Wake-up Call for Businesses, Homeowners

Barry touched down on the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane on July 13, shutting down businesses, tearing roofs from homes, flooding streets and halting oil production across the Gulf of Mexico. Even as the country’s first hurricane of the year diminished in power and was downgraded to a tropical storm, it continued to cause havoc. Levees were overwhelmed,…

Highway a Sweet Mess after 40,000 Pounds of Liquid Chocolate Spills from Tanker

Highway a Sweet Mess after 40,000 Pounds of Liquid Chocolate Spills from Tanker

Though the resulting aroma was sweet, the rollover accident that caused a tanker truck to spill 40,000 pounds of hot, liquid chocolate on an Arizona freeway was anything but. There were no injuries or other vehicles involved in the accident, but the insurance impact is likely significant. The accident appeared to have been caused by a structural failure as a…

Oil Spill from Iowa Train Derailment Shows Need for Environmental Insurance

Oil Spill from Iowa Train Derailment Shows Need for Environmental Insurance

A recent train derailment spilled an estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil into floodwaters of the Little Rock River in northwest Iowa. Reports indicate that the tracks may have collapsed due to saturation from flooding caused by heavy rains. Railroad network operator BNSF Railway has taken responsibility for the cleanup and mitigation of the incident, while ConocoPhillips, the company that…

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