Environmental News

Study Will Test California Firefighters’ Toxin Exposure

Researchers are studying whether firefighters suffered any toxic exposure in last month’s deadly Northern California wildfires. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that researchers plan to take blood and urine samples from 200 firefighters for the study. A cancer-research organization of …

New Phase in California Wildfire Cleanup: Clearing Ruins

Rumbling bulldozers and front-loaders have started scraping up the ash, charred wood and crumbled bricks and concrete left from thousands of homes and buildings destroyed by blazes in California wine country, launching a new phase in the largest wildfire cleanup …

Montana Will Take Over Deadly Asbestos Cleanup Site

The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure has entered a new phase as officials turn their focus to keeping residents safe over the long term. The five-member …

California Governor Signs Plan to Spend $1.5B in Climate Money

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed two bills that outline a plan to spend $1.5 billion on environmental initiatives using money from the state’s recently renewed cap and trade program. The bills were signed over the weekend, soon after lawmakers …

Oklahoma Property Among Most Contaminated in Nation, EPA Says

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to add a property in central Oklahoma to the Superfund program’s list of most contaminated sites. The EPA announced Monday its intent to add Eagle Industries in the Oklahoma City suburb of Midwest …

California Lawmakers Release Plan to Extend Cap And Trade

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders have released a plan to extend through 2030 California’s cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state’s quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. The deal updates how refineries, …

XL Catlin Promotes Gerbaud to Head International Environmental

XL Catlin’s insurance operations announced the promotion of Adias Gerbaud to head international environmental. In her newly expanded role, Gerbaud will be responsible for managing XL Catlin’s environmental portfolio while leading a team of eleven underwriters across the UK, Western …

California Governor Looking Around World for Climate Changes Allies

Looking for allies in the fight against climate change, California Gov. Jerry Brown headed to China this week in a push to build foreign support for carbon-cutting efforts that have found resistance in Washington. California will work with governments around …

XL Catlin Names AIG’s Estrada, Zurich’s Hughes to Canada Environment Team

XL Catlin has added two new members to its Canadian environmental insurance team: Marc Estrada as environmental team lead and Brian Hughes as assistant vice president, environmental underwriting. Estrada and Hughes are based in Toronto and report to Joseph Madigan, …

Oil And Gas Spills Down in Colorado During Drilling Slowdown

Spills related to oil and gas development in Colorado are down for the second straight year amid a slowdown in drilling. The Daily Sentinel reported Tuesday that an analysis of state data by the conservation group Center for Western Priorities …