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June 21, 2022

Pollution Caused by the Construction Industry

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Pollution caused by the construction industry has been estimated to cause about a 25% of our air pollution, 50% of our landfill waste problem, and about 40% of the pollution found in our drinking water.

It’s no wonder the government’s trying to do something about it.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established rules in its Code of Regulations for construction companies to follow. These rules protect everyone working on the project, the site, and the environment around the site, including the air, soil, and water. A violation of these regulations can bring both civil and criminal lawsuits. Texas also has its own laws regulating pollution, which can lead to fines and prosecution if not followed.

The construction industry expects 2022 to bring a significant increase in criminal enforcement of these laws. A mistake that breaks any of these rules can be costly, impacting the profits construction companies make. The construction industry needs to prepare for what is coming.

Contractors pollution liability insurance covers bodily or property damages from a “pollution incident.” In a “pollution incident,” a substance could be left, leaked, spilled, or escape into the environment–which could result in harm to surface water, groundwater, plants, animals, and people. Coverage applies to the construction company and their subcontractors, and may include areas such as bodily injury, damage to property, and cleanup costs both on- and off-site.

Contact Koch Insurance Group for more information and help in getting the coverage you need.

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