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Environmental and pollution liability insurance

Environmental and pollution liability covers a range of environmental risks that are often not included in other insurance policies.

Policies can cover exposures such as gas leaks, contaminated soil, oil spills, overflows, and many other exposures that can damage the environment and create large cleanup costs.

Who needs environmental and pollution liability?

Types of industries that might need cover include:

  • building trades including plumbing, gasfitting and electrical
  • healthcare
  • real estate and government entities
  • heavy manufacturing
  • agriculture and horticulture
  • redevelopment projects
  • demolition and earthmoving contractors
  • contractors for oil, gas, drilling and mining industries
  • remediation contractors: asbestos, amphetamines, emergency clean-up, crime scene cleaners 

What environmental and pollution insurance covers

Environmental and pollution liability insurance can cover you for bodily injury, property damage and environmental damage caused by pollution incidents arising from either

  • locations that are owned or operated by you
  • incidents that occur when providing services

This insurance covers you while you are carrying out a job as well as your completed operations. This means that if there is a problem with hazardous waste materials after you have finished the job, you are still protected.

Pollution liability insurance also covers claims from third parties against bodily injury and property damage caused by hazardous waste materials released during your company's business operations.

Policy cover normally includes:

  • Sudden, accidental and gradual pollution incidents
  • Emergency response expenses required to contain and remediate the contamination or damage
  • Asbestos related incidents
  • Defence costs for the organisation in addition to the limits of indemnity

Our brokers can advise you on the best business insurance solutions to protect you against environmental and pollution events. And in the event that a claim arises, we'll advocate on your behalf for a fair and prompt result. 

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CLAIM EXAMPLE
Dairy company

A dairy company was fined in the Environment Court under the Resource Management Act after it discharged buttermilk into a treatment pond which resulted in odorous fumes escaping from the nearby wastewater treatment plant which ultimately caused a ‘stench’ in the local area. The dairy company's liability insurer paid the fine.