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A Conversation with Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water

Nancy Stoner clearly brings enthusiasm and energy to her new position as Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA Office of Water. Her excitement is palpable as she describes her commitment to clean water and a healthy environment and the great things that she hopes to accomplish during her tenure with...

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC: Flood Insurance - More Businesses Should Consider Purchasing This Coverage

[ Originally published 11/08/2011 ] By Charles T. Young, Jr. The East Coast recently suffered unprecedented flooding problems as a result of Hurricane Lee, and these problems have created new interest in the availability and coverage provided by flood insurance.

 Congress created the...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Oregon May Expand Foreclosure Mediation Program

BUSINESS: The OREGON House approves SB 558A, a bill that expands the foreclosure mediation program lawmakers created last year to apply to foreclosures pursued by lenders in courts. It moves to Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) for review (PORTLAND OREGONIAN). ENVIRONMENT: The CONNECTICUT Senate approves...

Bad Faith Requires Covered Loss – No Coverage For Hurricane Ike Flood Damage Absent Flood Insurance

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant Insured Must Prove a Covered Loss Lexington Insurance Company (“Lexington”) challenged a breach of contract and bad faith judgment in favor of JAW The Pointe, LLC (“The Pointe”). Lexington asked the Texas Court of Appeal to reverse...

New Jersey Governor Signs Executive Order For Dune Construction And Other Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures

Taking aggressive and necessary action to build protective sand dunes, berms, engineered beaches and other flood hazard risk reduction measures to make New Jersey’s coastline and other flood-prone regions safer and more resilient to future storms, Governor Chris Christie has signed Executive Order...

Congress Struggles To Find Balance In Flood Insurance Reform

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight: Troubled Waters When Lynne Kampel bought her small home on Long Island in 1990, its location across the road from Randall Bay's inlet waters, only blocks from the famed Nautical Mile, was a real selling point. So was its price tag, a steal at just $105,000...

Florida's Move to Establish a Stronger Private Flood Insurance Market Provides an Opportunity for Insurers, Developers and Property Owners

The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 In 2012, Congress passed a law to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to make the program self-supporting without federal subsidies. Specifically, the law called for local flood maps to be updated. Existing subsidies and discounts...

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Awards Millions in Federal Funding to Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Efforts in New York and New Jersey

Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan has announced the Rebuild by Design Competition’s six winners. Created by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in 2013, ‘Rebuild by Design’ awards HUD funding to infrastructure projects...

New Jersey Announces First Post-Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Buyouts of Flood-Threatened Homes

The first closing on the buyouts of flood-threatened homes in Woodbridge, where the Superstorm Sandy Blue Acres Program has approved nearly 200 homes for purchase, was announced yesterday by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin. In total, 306 families in...

Residential Homeowner Can Recover Costs of Repairs Even If Greater Than Fair Market Value of House

Until recently, owners of damaged homes in West Virginia had some limits on the amount of damages they could recover in a lawsuit. Now, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has significantly revised prior case law and expanded available damages in Brooks et al v. City of Huntington (No. 13-1083...

Coastal Flooding and Resiliency: New Challenges and Opportunities for the Commercial Real Estate and Finance Industry

By Henry R. "Speaker" Pollard, V , Partner, Williams Mullen Virginia, North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic coastal communities are no strangers to severe weather and related storm surges and flooding. However, many of these communities are experiencing storm surges and tidal and routine...