Environmental Management Consulting

 

HRC often finds Clients facing a variety of insurance-related environmental issues, whether it be a real estate transaction complicated by an environmental challenge or a property made uninsurable due to environmental concerns, where HRC can assist the Client to resolve the problem by researching and facilitating an insurance vehicle to assuage the concerns of all parties and, in turn, permit the deal to succeed. If a Client has properties with on- site storage tanks, HRC can assist in directing the Client to the appropriate service providers to remove or fill the tanks, or to find the right coverage at the right price, or to seek coverage from a prior owner had the environmental “mess” been passed along unbeknownst to our Client. HRC has been providing Environmental Management Consulting since before the 1980's when the SuperFund sites arose, through the evolvement of the pollution exclusion language on GL policies, and through the Brownfields issues of the 1990's through today's developing issues.

 

HRC’s Environmental Management Consulting Service includes the following:

 

  • Review any existing environmental exposures and hazards, and recommend vendors and insurance or non-insurance vehicles to address such exposures.

  • Recommend qualified vendors to review environmental safety programs, audit compliance with internal safety procedures, which can include effective investigation and documentation procedures for accidents that have environmental impact.

  • Develop detailed specifications, conduct negotiations with carriers, and assist in placing environmental insurance coverage.

  • Audit insurance policies and endorsements to check for errors, overcharges, coverage deficiencies, or gaps and overlaps in coverage.

  • Coordinate and negotiate claims with insurance companies, as well as draft guidelines for handling third party claims.

  • Review leases and the language of other contracts by which environmental risks may be assumed or transferred, and suggest modifications to protect the interests of Clients.

  • Design and monitor a Certificate of Insurance Program to ensure adequacy of insurance carried by environmental sub-contractors and other service providers for whose work liability may be assumed by the clients.

  • Assist in evaluating the environmental risks associated with Mergers and Acquisitions.