Insurance Journal » cleanup http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:36:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 Utah Claims Settled by Phillips 66 for $2 Million http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/01/14/317077.htm Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:03:29 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=317077 Oil refiner Phillips 66 has paid $2 million to settle allegations it helped itself to a state fund for cleaning up damage from leaking fuel storage tanks even though it had insurance to cover the cleanups. Phillips 66 is among …

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2 Louisiana Parishes File Suits Against Oil Companies http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2013/11/14/311295.htm Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:36:42 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=311295 Two southeast Louisiana parishes filed multiple lawsuits against numerous oil and gas companies, claiming they failed to restore damage their operations did to coastal areas while releasing toxic pollutants, in violation of state law. Attorneys for Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes …

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Nevada Mine Pollution Deal Brings Residents $19.5M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/08/310743.htm Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:37:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310743 Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination. Atlantic Richfield Co. …

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Montana, Feds To Seek Damages From Exxon Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/11/01/310091.htm Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:18:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=310091 Montana and federal officials say they’ll seek compensation from Exxon Mobil Corp. for natural resource damages caused by a crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River. Thursday’s announcement comes two years after an Exxon pipeline near Laurel broke during flooding …

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Montana Residents Suing Over Petroleum Pollution http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/23/305962.htm Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:09:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305962 Nearly 50 Cut Bank residents have filed a lawsuit alleging their properties have been polluted by petroleum from a crude oil transportation and storage facility on the eastern edge of the city. The Great Falls Tribune reported the lawsuit was …

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New Mexico, Chevron Settle Case Over Cleanup Costs http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/09/13/305078.htm Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:48:19 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=305078 New Mexico officials say Chevron Corp. will pay $5.2 million to settle claims that the energy company improperly applied for money from an environmental cleanup fund. The state alleges Chevron falsely claimed it didn’t have and didn’t collect on insurance …

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California City Sues Chevron Over Refinery Fire http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/08/06/300873.htm Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:22:31 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=300873 Richmond is suing Chevron for damages from a massive fire that shut down the energy giant’s refinery at the San Francisco Bay area city last year. A lawsuit filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges the crude-oil pipeline leak …

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Wyoming Governor Lambasts EPA Over Haze Plan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/19/299120.htm Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:13:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=299120 Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming’s air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks …

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Another Company Accused in Colorado Contamination http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/07/11/298178.htm Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:52:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=298178 A third company has been accused of safety violations in connection with efforts to clean up a natural gas liquids spill involving a pipeline near Parachute, Colo. Documents obtained Tuesday by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel from the Occupational Safety …

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EPA Report Critical Of Washington Oversight At Hanford http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/06/20/296179.htm Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:32:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=296179 A new report condemns Washington state for lax oversight at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site, saying state officials failed to adequately inspect the cleanup there. The draft report by the Environmental Protection Agency faults the Washington state Department of …

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Tool Identifies California’s Most Polluted Cities http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/04/24/289576.htm Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:35:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289576 Seven of California’s 10 ZIP codes most burdened by pollution are in the San Joaquin Valley and three are in Los Angeles, according to a new tool developed by state environmental officials to target communities for cleanup. “People tend to …

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EPA Blamed For Delays in Asbestos Study In Montana http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/04/21/289246.htm Mon, 22 Apr 2013 03:20:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=289246 Internal investigators are faulting the Environmental Protection Agency for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where hundreds of people have died from asbestos exposure. The EPA’s Office of Inspector …

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Hanford Nuclear Contractor Settles Lawsuit For $1.1M http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/04/04/287318.htm Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:38:10 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=287318 A contractor at the Hanford nuclear plant in Washington has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department claiming the company used federal money to lobby for new government customers for a first responder …

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Yellowstone Oil Spill-Violations $1.7M Penalty Proposed In Exxon Spill http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/27/286256.htm Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:45:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=286256 Federal pipeline regulators have proposed $1.7 million in penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. for a pipeline rupture that spewed crude oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The U.S. Department of Transportation said in a notice sent to the company Monday that …

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New Mexico Reaches Settlement Over Massive Tire Dump http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/25/285946.htm Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:47:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=285946 A massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico will be cleaned up as part of a settlement reached with a ranching operation. State Land Commissioner Ray Powell and Environment Secretary Dave Martin announced the …

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3 Former Execs Plead Guilty In California Asbestos Case http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/14/284738.htm Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:51:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=284738 Three former executives of a now-defunct nonprofit have been convicted of violating federal asbestos laws when the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, Calif. was cleaned up. The Merced Sun-Star reported Rudy Buendia, Patrick Bowman and Joseph Cuellar each pleaded …

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Washington Nuke Plant Contractor To Pay More Than $18.5 Million http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/03/08/284091.htm Fri, 08 Mar 2013 16:14:53 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=284091 One of the contractors charged with cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site has agreed to pay an $18.5 million civil and criminal penalty related to a time card fraud scheme. U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby of the Eastern Washington …

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Six Leaking Tanks Are Washington Nuclear Site’s Latest Woe http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/25/282546.htm Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:43:40 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=282546 Federal and state officials say six underground tanks holding a brew of radioactive and toxic waste are leaking at the country’s most contaminated nuclear site in south-central Washington, raising concerns about delays for emptying the aging tanks. The leaking materials …

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Scientists Back EPA on Montana Asbestos Risks http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/02/11/280807.htm Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:13:55 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=280807 Federal officials anticipate finishing by late 2014 a risk study to guide the cleanup of an asbestos-contaminated Montana mining town, after a panel of scientists backed draft results that say even a minuscule amount of the substance can lead to …

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Beazley Launches Environmental Cleanup Costs Insurance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2013/01/23/278403.htm Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:28:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=278403 Beazley plc has expanded its environmental products offering with the launch of an environmental cleanup costs insurance policy that provides coverage for cost overruns for remediation of known conditions at covered locations. The product, written on a non-admitted basis through …

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Utah Man Accused of Killing Officer Sues Insurer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/01/15/277516.htm Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:25:09 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=277516 An Ogden man accused of killing a police officer during a drug raid at his home is suing his insurance company over its rejection of his homeowner’s damage claim stemming from the shootout. Matthew Stewart, in his complaint filed Jan. …

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Yellowstone Oil Spill: Feds Say Delay Made Oil Spill Worse http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2013/01/04/276066.htm Fri, 04 Jan 2013 16:52:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=276066 Delays in Exxon Mobil Corp.’s response to a major pipeline break beneath Montana’s Yellowstone River made an oil spill far worse than it otherwise would have been, federal regulators said in a new report. The July 2011 rupture fouled 70 …

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Cleanup Continues At Louisiana Explosive Company http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2012/12/20/274887.htm Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:42:44 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274887 Authorities say it could take up to three weeks to finish moving military propellant into storage at an explosives recycling company that caused the evacuation of a Louisiana town. The town of Doyline was evacuated earlier this month after authorities …

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Coast Guard: Large Dock Washes Ashore On Washington Coast http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/20/274877.htm Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:18:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274877 The Coast Guard on Tuesday spotted a large dock that has washed ashore in a remote section of Olympic National Park on the northwest Washington coast. Scientists are concerned it could be debris from the tsunami that struck Japan last …

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Conocophillips Reaches Deals Over Alaska Spills http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/20/274863.htm Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:10:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274863 ConocoPhillips has agreed to federal and state civil penalties of about $200,000 for spills of crude oil and contaminated water from corroded pipe in Alaska’s Kuparuk Oil Field in 2006 and 2007. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. also agreed to reimburse the …

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Biologist: Tsunami Debris Overwhelming In Spots In Alaska http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/17/274286.htm Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:23:17 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274286 Debris that gathered this past summer on Alaska’s Kayak Island made walking on its beaches feel like walking through a natural disaster zone, a federal biologist said Thursday. Jacek Maselko, a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in …

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Utah: Chevron To Pay $1.8 Million In Settlement http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/17/274282.htm Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:20:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=274282 Chevron Corp. has paid Utah $1.8 million in a settlement reached after the state claimed the oil company collected money from a cleanup fund meant only for firms without insurance, state officials said . Chevron misrepresented the fact that it …

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$100K Deal Reached in Montana Over Lead-Contaminated Waste http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/10/273350.htm Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:11:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=273350 The owner of a central Montana landfill has agreed to pay the U.S. government $100,000 to settle a civil action over 1,600 tons of earth containing unsafe levels of lead that sat untreated and unprotected for about four years. The …

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Utah Sues BP Amoco For Dipping Into State Fund http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/12/06/273110.htm Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:12:49 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=273110 Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is suing oil giant BP Amoco for collecting state money to clean up spills from leaky storage tanks under service stations. Shurtleff says BP had its own insurance policies for cleanups and wasn’t entitled to …

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EPA Pushes Tough Asbestos Standard for Mont. Town http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2012/10/01/264917.htm Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:44:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=264917 A proposed standard for federal cleanup of asbestos contamination in a Montana town concludes that even a tiny amount of the material can lead to lung problems, a benchmark far more rigorous than any in the past and one that …

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