Helping Insurance Clients Control Hazmat Spill Costs

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Costs associated with an environmental spill of hazardous materials, diesel fuel or other regulated materials can mount up fast unless the release is contained quickly and prevented from entering a waterway. Fines and penalties can add to the cost if the spill is not reported to the authorities within the time specified.

Spill Center, a North American leader in spill support and environmental claims management, estimates that about 88% of all spills that the company handles for clients involve diesel from punctured truck fuel tanks. The average amount released is 104 gallons. The average cost to clean it up nationwide can top $18,000, related Tom Moses, president and founder of Spill Center.

“We control costs for clients by identifying the right cleanup contractor and getting that crew on scene as quickly as possible,” says Tom, a former U.S. EPA toxicologist who holds a law degree and a certificate in Hazardous Materials Control and Emergency Response. Spill Center maintains a database of more than 3,000 cleanup contractors who are qualified to handle hazmat, he adds.

“We also have another database with current reporting information and contacts for nearly 30,000 local, state, provincial and federal regulatory agencies throughout North America,” he continues. “And we know who requires reports – written and by telephone – so our clients avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with the regulations. We also control costs by knowing the ins and outs of efficiently managing the cleanup and transportation and disposal of contaminated soil and wastes,” notes Tom.

Spill Center offers a support program for clients in the transportation, chemical and insurance industries, among others. “We have been assisting clients involved in environmental spills and other pollution events for some 28 years, offering expertise in environmental regulatory compliance, claims management and emergency spill response management, as well as documentation and claims resolution, negotiation and settlement.

For more information about Spill Center’s program of services tailored to the insurance industry, contact Tom Moses by phone at 978-568-1922 or email him at Learn more details about the Spill Center program and how it can boost your spill preparedness at