Environmental Insurance Support Services

Blackstone provides full-service technical consulting for insurance coverage issues. Determining insurance coverage for environmental remediation involves complex legal and technical issues, such as the determination of how damages occurred, the approximate timeline of a release, whether or not coverage is triggered, whether or not the remedial or response costs were “reasonable and necessary,” and if a potential exists for contaminants to migrate off-site. Blackstone can also assist in determining the basis for toxic tort claims and evaluating appropriate remedial approaches.

Blackstone’s expertise in site assessments, remediation, geochemistry, risk assessment, and modeling, enable Blackstone to address technical issues related to a claim or insurance coverage, such as the following:

  • Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs)
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Forensic Fingerprinting of Hydrocarbons
  • Agriculture and Ecology
  • Remediation Cost Evaluation
  • Remediation Auditing/Oversight
  • Technical Approach Evaluation

In cases where regulatory-based evaluation or previous assessments are available for an insured or loss location, Blackstone also performs third-party reviews of regulatory environmental projects to evaluate the following conditions:

  • The work was completed in accordance with applicable federal, state, and/or local regulations
  • The appropriate research activities were properly completed to accurately document site history
  • Adequate information regarding on-site investigation was reviewed
  • The appropriate sampling and analysis was completed (if necessary)
  • The data collected from the sampling and analytical activities was correctly interpreted to identify areas of environmental concern (if any)
  • Appropriate remedial action was taken (if necessary)
  • All required activities were completed in a manner which minimized the project duration and cost to the client
  • No unnecessary activities were completed during the investigation or remediation

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