Non-environmental businesses face multiple environmental risks stemming from their daily operations. Whether these actions create a pollution condition or aggravate an existing one, the non-environmental contractor can be held liable in the event of a claim, which their standard CGL coverage typically would not cover. There are many different types of pollution conditions that may be encountered. Proper coverage can be easily purchased to address the issues of job site pollution, in-transit spills, aggravation of an existing pollution condition, water damage leading to a mold condition, and potential restoration costs for surface water or soil, to name just a few.
Most non-environmental contractors do not believe they have an exposure and are not required to carry this type of coverage. They often don’t see the importance of making it part of their insurance program until they have a claim denied under their GL policy. Additionally, most GL policy forms include the absolute pollution condition exclusion, so no coverage or defense is provided.