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If you are a property owner building a home or a commercial site, you probably assume that you are protected against defective or shoddy work by some form of insurance, right? After all, you checked to make sure your contractor was fully insured…and, on top of that, you have a comprehensive homeowners’ or business property insurance policy. The scary truth, however, is that even the most comprehensive insurance policy – whether your own or your contractor’s – usually does not provide coverage for defective workmanship. Read the rest of this entry »
On September 25, 2013, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus will host a seminar, Don’t Cry Over Spilled Oil: Understanding Environmental Risks Can Create Opportunities. Presenters include members of the firm’s Environmental Law Group John F. Lushis, Esq., and Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Esq.; Betsy Schamberger, President of Moonstone Environmental; and Tracy Oscavich, Director of Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative. This seminar is designed to help developers, investors, commercial brokers, business owners, commercial lenders, and municipalities understand how to handle environmental issues – and how common environmental “deal killers” can actually create additional business opportunities.
The seminar will take place at Sands Casino in Bethlehem. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the program will run from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., followed by a question and answer period. For information on how to register, please click here.
On July 1st, the Morning Call ran a front page story about how the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone, Allentown Industrial Development Authority, the City of Allentown, building owners, developers, lawyers and engineers are ensuring public safety by going above and beyond required legal requirements during redevelopment around the hockey arena site. This topic is of interest in the wake of a recent wall collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people and injured many others in a Salvation Army store during an unsafe demolition of an adjacent property. Read the rest of this entry »
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new rule. Beginning April 22, 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. Lead-safe work practices follow three simple procedures: contain work area, minimize dust, and clean up thoroughly. Renovation firms must be certified in lead-safe work practices by an accredited EPA training provider.
How Do I Become Certified?
The first step to becoming certified is to complete and mail a Renovator Firm Application along with a check or money order for the certification amount to the U.S. EPA office. The next step would be to find a local training provider and make sure your employees are trained in Lead-Safe Work Practices. Once you receive your EPA Lead-Safe Firm Certification in the mail and logo instructions in your email, update any desired outreach materials.