3 Key Environmental Liability Policies

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There are three key environmental liability policies in corporate and land transactions – indemnity policies, site pollution legal liability policies and contractor pollution liability policies.

Indemnity policies

Used principally for high risk desktop reports
Responds if a regulator threatens to serve a remediation notice
Covers remediation costs, legal fees and loss of property value
Exclusions for civil claims, storage tanks
Policy period 15 – 25 years

Site Pollution legal liability (SPL) policies

Comprehensive protection for onsite and offsite contamination
a) Regulatory action
b) Third party claims
c) Environmental damage
d) Contractual liabilities
Exclusions for phase 2s and no […]

Jervis Insurance History Blog: When Did Bulk Carriers First Appear?

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The First Appearance of Bulk Carriers

A bulk carrier is a merchant ship specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo such as grains, coal, ore, steel coils and cement, in its cargo holds. The first specialized bulk carrier was built in 1852 and economy in costs have dictated the continued development of these ships, resulting in increased size and sophistication. Today’s bulk carriers are specially designed to maximize capacity, safety, efficiency, and durability.

Specialized bulk carriers began to appear as steam powered ships became more and more popular.  The first steam ship recognized as a bulk carrier […]

Jervis Insurance History Blog: Origins of Environmental Liability Insurance

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Origins of Pollution Insurance

Unlike other fields of insurance, which can be traced back hundreds of years, Pollution Insurance is a relatively new class. In fact we need only go back to the 1960s and 1970s at which time America’s growing concern for the environment led to passage of a number of federal and state laws regarding liability for environmental cleanups. The best known and of significance is the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980—the “Superfund” act, named after the trust fund it set up to pay for cleaning some of the nation […]

Jervis Blog: What does Environmental Liability Insurance Cover?

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What does ELI Cover? 

There are many forms of liability insurance including public liability insurance, employer’s liability insurance, director and officers insurance. But none of these generally provide adequate cover for environmental liabilities. Due to the toughening up of environmental laws in the UK, the costs of defense and clean up can be very expensive for businesses.

Environmental liability Insurance generally responds to the cost of repairing environmental damage arising from both common law claims, and claims arising from UK and EU legislation.

Specifically, ELI provides cover for:

Both sudden pollution and gradual pollution
First […]