Blogger Archives: Anthony Wagar

Anthony Wagar

Anthony is a Executive Vice President and the National Sales Leader for Willis Towers Watson's Environmental practice based in New York. He has close to 20 years of experience from a regulatory, underwriting and brokerage perspective. He blogs on matters relating to environmental risk, exposures and insurance.

Avoid these 4 pitfalls to favorably resolve challenging environmental claims

Environmental worker in a hazmat suit putting a soil sample into a bottle

From obtaining a carrier’s consent before incurring costs, to a straightforward late claims notice, making an environmental insurance claim can be fraught with hazards. All can be avoided with early, accurate information. The most important test of environmental insurance comes … Continue reading →

Hurricane Harvey – More exposures in the mix than just water and wind!

streets flooded around a building

The full damage and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is not yet known and will likely be felt for months to come. While the most pressing issues facing Insureds at this time are the devastating impacts of water and/or wind … Continue reading →

Seven environmental risk management issues to watch

A colleague of mine, Richard Sheldon, recently provided readers of Risk and Insurance with some sage advice and seasoned input on seven different environmental risk management issues. Here’s a quick outline of the topics discussed: Mold – Current Market Appetite … Continue reading →

Legionnaires’ Disease: Microscopic, Deadly—and Insurable


What the New York City Health Commissioner describes as “the largest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease that we are aware of in New York City” has so far infected 97 people, but it is just one of many such outbreaks the United … Continue reading →

Helping Business Adapt to Climate Change

business sustainability

Corporations are keenly concerned about climate change. This was one of the conclusions that came out of an earth day conference panel at Wharton School of Business in conjunction with the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL).  Continue reading →

Adapting to Climate Change: Environmental Liability


Over the past several years, more and more companies are becoming increasingly aware of climate change issues and the necessity for sustainability/resiliency planning.  This awareness comes in many forms but primarily centers on how their business might be affected financially … Continue reading →

Superfund Liability: Who Decides When Plaintiffs Must File a Toxic Tort Claim?

Water pollution of a copper mine exploitation

Who really has the final say in terms of when plaintiffs must file a toxic tort claim in the U.S.: the states or the Federal government? Continue reading →

Changes to the Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments – New Standard, New Risk?


Chances are if you are involved in the transfer, ownership, use or management of commercial or industrial real estate then you are familiar with the term “Phase I” or “Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)”.  In a nutshell, a Phase I ESA … Continue reading →

Mexico Getting Tough on Environmental Liability

Oil Slick on Water

There have been many different legal, regulatory and political initiatives to address environmental damage and liability issues in Mexico over the past 15 years or so.  But in early June of this year, Mexico has grown some serious “teeth” with … Continue reading →

Bioterrorism: Unthinkable but Insurable

Decontamination Station

The bombings in Boston on April 15 re-kindled concern about a type of risk no one likes to think about: bioterrorism.  Risk managers, however, must think about it and prepare to mitigate as much of the human, environmental and financial … Continue reading →

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Empresas se adaptam às mudanças climáticas

business sustainability

As corporações estão preocupadas com as mudanças climáticas. Esta foi uma das conclusões citadas na apresentação de um painel durante a conferência do Dia da Terra, na Wharton School of Business da Pensilvânia, nos Estados Unidos, em conjunto com a … Continuar lendo →

Bioterrorismo: Impensável, mas Segurável

Decontamination Station

Os atentados em Boston, no dia 15 de abril, acenderam novamente a preocupação sobre um tipo de risco que ninguém gosta de pensar: o bioterrorismo. Gerentes de risco, no entanto, devem pensar nisso e prepararem-se para mitigar ao máximo a … Continuar lendo →

Linhas de Transmissão: Mais do que só uma afronta aos olhos?

Você possui, opera, aluga ou gerencia alguma propriedade que esteja perto de linhas de transmissão de energia? Ou subestações? Ou transformadores? Com processos de terceiros e defesas legais associadas a “poluentes” aumentando, os proprietários de imóveis estão se voltando para … Continuar lendo →

Como o Verde se Torna Global, Também se Torna sua Exposição de Responsabilidade Ambiental

Do Dia da Terra e a formação do EPA no Estados Unidos em 1970, à Kyoto e Copenhagen 40 anos depois, as leis de proteção ambiental fomentam um fenômeno global. Continuar lendo →