Zurich Environmental unit launches free online spill management service for fleet customers

Schaumburg, Ill., April 17, 2008 – Zurich, one of the world’s largest property-casualty insurance companies, announced today that it has launched a new online service that will assist North American customers with the cleanup of spills of hazardous materials, fuel or other regulated materials. Offered free-of-charge to Zurich Environmental customers, Zurich’s Spill Reporting Online System will assist in dispatching cleanup contractors, reducing costs associated with environmental releases, expediting regulatory reporting and mitigating potential liability.

“Zurich is collaborating with Spill Center® – a leading environmental spill management specialist with more than 15 years of experience – to help our customers deal with events that require emergency environmental cleanup,” said Kenneth Berger, executive vice president of Zurich’s environmental unit. “By tapping into a team that is experienced in environmental emergency response, investigation and remediation, our customers that use Zurich’s Spill Reporting Online System will be better able to contain costs and limit their liability for incidents with environmental releases.”

President of Spill Center and environmental attorney Tom Moses said, “Spill Center maintains a database of more than 3,000 contractors throughout North America to assist customers in identifying appropriate local resources for particular kinds of spills. Zurich and Spill Center also monitor the scope of work and cleanup, and then review the contractor’s invoice for accuracy.”

In addition, Spill Center assists in:

--Coordinating local, state and federal release reporting
--Monitoring nearly 30,000 federal, state and local jurisdictions across the U.S. that require incident reports after a spill
--Tracking changes in regulations and maintaining current environmental reporting regulations and contact information, which may help Zurich customers avoid fees and penalties if they miss reporting deadlines

Users of the system receive electronic copies of paperwork generated by the spill incident, including an open release report, contractor retention documentation, regulatory paperwork, invoices and a closing report.

Zurich offers a large portfolio of environmental products and services to meet the needs of businesses in real estate development, manufacturing, contracting and hazardous materials transportation, as well as professional liability insurance for design professionals. With more than 16 years of experience in offering environmental products, Zurich underwrites coverage through offices in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver, San Francisco and Glendale, Calif.

About Zurich Financial Services
Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) is an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Founded in 1872, the Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It employs approximately 60,000 people serving customers in more than 170 countries. In North America, Zurich (www.zurichna.com) is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, small business, specialties and programs sectors.

About Spill Center®
Spill Center is an Environmental Claims Management Company founded in 1990 that specializes in helping spill generators in the transportation industry control costs and limit liability arising from accidental releases of hazmat, diesel fuel and other regulated materials. Located in Hudson, Mass., and staffed by legal, technical and environmental specialists, Spill Center provides expertise in environmental/safety regulatory compliance, emergency spill response management and claims resolution, negotiation and settlement.

Media contacts:

For Zurich
Steve McKay
Zurich
(847) 706-2265
steven.mckay@zurichna.com
or
Susan Levine
Zurich
(847) 762-7386
susan.levine@zurichna.com

For Spill Center
Richard Stewart
Stewart Assocs. Comm. Arts
813-289-8149
rstewart@writerstew.com

 

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