environmental News

US Assure Earns Industry Honors

Zurich award, industry association designation demonstrate company’s accomplishments Jacksonville, FL, February 18, 2015 – US Assure, a leading program administrator and insurance services provider with four decades of insurance success, recently won two prestigious industry honors—Zurich’s Spirit of Excellence award …

ISO Expands Its Predictive Analytics Offerings for Commercial Lines

ISO, a member of the Verisk Insurance Solutions group at Verisk Analytics, announced the launch of the new ISO Risk Analyzer Businessowners Environmental Module and the availability of the newly enhanced version of the ISO Risk Analyzer Commercial Auto Environmental …

BP, Others Face More Citations in Gulf Spill

The Obama administration says BP and two other companies are likely to face new citations for alleged safety and environmental violations stemming from last year’s Gulf oil spill. Michael Bromwich, head of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says …

New Zealand Crews Pump All Oil from Grounded Ship

Salvage crews have successfully removed all the remaining oil from a cargo ship that ran aground on a New Zealand reef, avoiding a worse environmental disaster. The vessel Rena grounded on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga on Oct. 5 and …

Murphy Joins Great American Insurance as Divisional VP

Great American Insurance Group’s Corporate Claims has hired Emmet M. Murphy as a divisional vice president responsible for the environmental claims unit. Murphy joins Great American from The Hartford and its complex claims group where he held the titles of …

Nation’s Newest Environmental Satellite Successfully Launched

America’s newest polar-orbiting satellite roared into orbit this morning, setting the stage for enhanced weather data NOAA scientists will use to develop life-saving severe weather forecasts days in advance. The NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) satellite is a NASA Earth-observing satellite …

Calif.’s Disneyland Sued Over Alleged Lead Problem

A nonprofit group that has filed dozens of environmental suits against major companies is now accusing Disneyland of exposing children to lead. The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation sued the corporate owner of the Orange County theme park in April. That …

Stricken New Zealand Ship May Break Apart or Sink

Salvage crews raced Monday to pump oil from a stricken ship teetering on a reef off the New Zealand coast, while also preparing for the worst: Authorities believe the vessel will break apart or sink soon. The salvage work resumed …

U.S. Court Hears Appeal on Halted Ecuadorean Damages Award

A U.S. appeals court on Friday sharply questioned whether a New York federal judge had the legal authority to prevent enforcement of an $18 billion damages award against Chevron Corp in the company’s long-running environmental battle with residents of the …

Oregon Fire Department Faces Environmental Fine

The Philomath Fire Department says it will appeal a state fine for improper asbestos removal, saying it unintentionally hired an unlicensed firm to do the work. The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports the state Department of Environmental Quality announced a proposed fine …