Many jobs require contractors to provide evidence of pollution liability, however standard certificates of insurance are inadequate in demonstrating financial responsibility for pollution events. All Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies contain some form of total pollution exclusion. Occasionally carriers are willing to give back limited coverage by endorsement; however, these endorsements do not typically address all risks, leaving a contractor exposed. A Certified Environmentally Responsible Contractor (CERC) has secured an insurance policy that includes many coverages that are limited or excluded from a CGL policy. The table below highlights key issues with insurance coverages and how a qualifying CERC policy compares to a CGL policy.

Pollution Coverage Issues CGL CERC
Pollution Liability w/$1 million limit minimum

Cleanups of environmental pollution incidents can be very expensive and time consuming.

1st & 3rd Party Transport

Transportation pollution incidents may involve over the road accidents, leakage from containers on the trucks and/or trailers, and pollution incidents during the loading or unloading operations.

Mold Coverage

Whether mold fits the definition of a pollutant has been debated widely. Mold has the potential to lead to severe bodily injury or significant remediation costs.

NODs (Non-Owned Disposal Sites)

If a disposal facility has a pollution incident, environmental law can require the originators of the waste to pay for cleanup.

Job Site Cleanup

Cleanup and monitoring of pollution incidents are often required by the government. This coverage will also address negative impacts to groundwater and surface water on the project owner’s property and adjacent properties should the contamination migrate offsite.

Blanket Primary and Non-Contributory

The contractor’s insurance will be the first to pay and the only party to pay until the available limits of the insurance coverage are exhausted. Only then would the owner’s insurance respond to the claim. This concession by the contractor’s carrier can be granted on a blanket basis for any project.

Natural Resource Damage

A pollution incident may result in the destruction of plants, fish or wildlife and may not fit the traditional definition of “property damage” covered by a standard general liability policy.

Many jobs require contractors to provide evidence of pollution liability, however standard certificates of insurance are inadequate in demonstrating financial responsibility for pollution events. All Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies contain some form of total pollution exclusion. Occasionally carriers are willing to give back limited coverage by endorsement; however, these endorsements do not typically address all risks, leaving a contractor exposed. A CERC has secured a policy that includes many coverages that are limited or excluded from a CGL policy.

CGL CERC
Contractors Pollution Liability w/$1 million limit minimum

Cleanups of environmental pollution incidents can be very expensive and time consuming.

1st & 3rd Party Transport

Transportation pollution incidents may involve over the road accidents, leakage from containers on the trucks and/or trailers, and pollution incidents during the loading or unloading operations.

Mold Coverage

Whether mold fits the definition of a pollutant has been debated widely. Mold has the potential to lead to severe bodily injury or significant remediation costs.

NODs (Non-Owned Disposal Sites)

If a disposal facility has an pollution incident, environmental law can require the originators of the waste to pay for cleanup.

Job site Cleanup

Cleanup and monitoring of pollution incidents are often required by the government.This coverage will also address any negative impact to groundwater and surface water on the project owner’s property and adjacent properties should the contamination migrate offsite.

Blanket Primary and Non-Contributory

The contractor’s insurance will be the first to pay and the only party to pay until the available limits of the insurance coverage are exhausted. Only then would the owner’s insurance respond to the claim. This concession by the contractor’s carrier can be granted on a blanket basis for any project.

Natural Resource Damage

A pollution incident may result in the destruction of plants, fish or wildlife and may not fit the traditional definition of “property damage” covered by a standard general liability policy.