PRIMA RiskWatch
Jul. 26, 2012

After Colorado massacre, reassessing public safety
ABC News
The recent massacre at the Century 16 Movie Theaters in Aurora, Colo., has business owners and patrons asking what more can be done to improve security at public gathering places. "I don't know if you could ever really avoid this," said Geoffrey Kohl, conference director for secured cities, a national conference on urban cities.More

Baltimore police officer ordered to reimburse insurance company in kickback conspiracy
The Baltimore Sun
A federal judge recently ordered Baltimore police Officer Samuel Ocasio to repay a Pennsylvania insurance company more than $1,900 for a fraudulent claim connected to a kickback scheme.More

Officials: City of Compton, Calif., may declare bankruptcy
by September

The City of Compton, Calif., a city of 93,000 people located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, must decide by Sept. 1 whether to seek bankruptcy, according to its two most senior financial officials. Such a move would see it join a growing number of deficit-hobbled California cities that have used the filing to restructure onerous debt loads.More

Wildfires threaten water supplies
Founded in 1608, Santa Fe, N.M., has sustained itself for 400 years on close-to-clear snowmelt from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Today, the New Mexico state capital's 68,000 residents still get 40 percent of their drinking water from these slopes just above town. But Santa Fe's clean water could be at high risk if a wildfire breaks out in the watershed.More

City council approves settlement with EPA
The Jacksonvill Journal-Courier
After council approval, the city of Jacksonville, Fla., can finally wash its hands of the part it played in an environmental hazard found in Cape Girardeau, Mo., about 28 years ago. A settlement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency was approved by council vote recently to pay $87,676, settling its liability in an incident of soil and water contamination found near Missouri Electric Works in 1984.More

After riding out flood, neighbors turn worry to insurance
Philadelphia Daily News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Southwest Center City, Penn., residents who evacuated their homes recently to escape the flood and the 15-to-20-foot-deep sink hole caused by a water-main break are now facing another struggle: Fighting with the city and insurance companies to get reimbursed for the damage.More

Purchasers of contaminated sites are liable
Until recently, parties who knowingly purchased a commercial property containing petroleum or dry-cleaning contamination had a defense to liability for the cleanup costs. All they needed to do was prove the discharge was a prior act or omission of a third party and continue to exercise due care as to the contaminants on the property.More

US city, tightrope walker quarrel over public safety costs
The Associated Press via The Hamilton Spectator
The city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., says daredevil Nik Wallenda still owes about $25,000 for public safety costs from last month's tightrope walk across the falls, but Wallenda says the New York city has already received more than it should have.More