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RE: Potential environmental liabilities/environmental insurance


The Washington State Department of Ecology just completed some very
interesting guidance docs on insurance/liability.  Perhaps the DOE project
manager would have some useful contacts for you.  Contact Jerry Parker of WA
DOE at jepa461@ecy.wa.gov

Best Regards,

Deborah E. Savage, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Tellus Institute
11 Arlington St.
Boston, MA  02116-3411
tel:  617-266-5400 xt 281
fax:  617-266-8303
email:  dsavage@tellus.org

-----Original Message-----
From: McLaughlin.Susan@epamail.epa.gov
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 3:56 PM
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Cc: jmcdevit@futron.com
Subject: Potential environmental liabilities/environmental insurance

I received the following set of questions regarding the valuation of
liabilities and availability of environmental insurance coverage.  The
researcher (Joyce McDevitt) has already looked through the EPA publication
"Valuing Potential Liabilities for Managerial Decision-Making", but is
whether anyone can offer any supplemental data, advice, methodologies, or
studies.  Can anybody help her out?

Thank you!

-- Susan


Futron Corporation is involved in doing a Maximum Probable Loss Analysis
determines the amount of financial responsibility/insurance that commercial
launch vehicle companies need to have in order to protect the government
liability in the event of a launch mishap. Our approach normally considers
party personnel injury/death and government and third-party property damage
would be expected from the resultant debris raining down after a failure. We
have recently been asked by another client to address short-term
damage and clean-up in expanding our MPL model. We have also been asked to
address the issue of loss of use of damaged or destroyed property or

I would like to have information on whether companies or the government
determine the monetary value of these two potential liability areas, i.e.,
short-term environmental damage and clean-up, and loss of facilities. If
do, what are the analysis approaches, techniques or models that are most
Is this potential liability insurable and which approach do the insurance
companies prefer?  What are the premiums costs if insurance is available and
these costs considered to be affordable or prohibitively expensive?

We would appreciate any information on this subject as well as
that we could talk to regarding this subject. My telephone number is (202)
?2939.  Please contact Allen Mears at amears@futron.com or (202) 488-3183
my absence from the office on May 24-31.

Thank you very much for your help,
Joyce McDevitt
Futron Corporation
400 Virginia Ave., SW Suite 340
Washington, DC 20024
Tel: (202) 488-2939
e-mail: jmcdevit@futron.com