Cerosky to Consult for Fairmont Specialty Programs
A new insurance program designed specifically for contract sweepers and pavement maintenance contractors is now available through Fairmont Specialty, part of Crum & Forster.
The program, designed and implemented with the guidance of Scott Cerosky, offers a variety of contractor coverage including general liability, commercial auto, property and umbrella coverage. Cerosky is a consultant for the new effort and Garry McVay is program manager.
Cerosky founded and developed the Clean Streets Insurance Program which has been in existence for 20 years. He sold the program five years ago and has been involved in producing insurance for the pavement maintenance industry for more than 20 years, including as a founding member of what is now the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) and the World Sweeping Association.
Cerosky re-enters the sweeping/pavement maintenance insurance market as a consultant for Fairmont Specialty to assist in implementing what he describes as “a national program targeting customers in the power sweeping, porter service, catch basin cleaning, line striping, sealcoating, crack repair and pavement resurfacing industries.”
“The beauty of this program is that contractors can not only get the coverage they need at a fair price but they can access it through their own local independent agent, " Cerosky says. “This program enables contractors to maintain the relationship they already have with their local agent but the local agent is also able to affliate with a national insurer to gain access to a cutting-edge program designed specifically for pavement maintenance contractors.”
For more information contact Scott Cerosky at 914-714-0787 (Scott.email@example.com) or Garry McVay at 800-233-2398 x6817 (Garry.McVay@FairmontSpecialty.com) or visit http://programs.fairmontspecialty.com.
PCTC Petitions USGS, Pursues FOIA request
By Allan Heydorn
Two recent steps by the Pavement Coatings Technology Council (PCTC) continue the organization’s efforts to force an objective examination of claims concerning refined coal tar sealer (RFT) made by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
According to PCTC Executive Director Anne LeHuray, PCTC in March sent a letter to the USGS Office of Enterprise Information asking that the information PCTC requested two years ago through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) be provided by USGS.
“PCTC continues to be disappointed in the response of the USGS to our Freedom of Information Act Request,” LeHuray said in May. “The USGS still has not produced much of the data supporting either the chemical mass balance model or the settled house dust study, nor has it produced more than a handful of requested documentation, reviews or correspondence.”
The PCTC letter delineates nine specific FOIA requests PCTC made in April 2011 that as of March 2013 had not been fulfilled. Included are requests for field data, communications among USGS officials involved in the RFT research as well as with the organizations conducting RFT studies, photographs related to studies, and lab notes and field data.
LeHuray said the information that has yet to be produced is crucial for evaluating the USGS finding. “The basic tenet of science is that findings must be based on reproducible experimental results,” LeHuray said. “Reproducibility requires transparency and that basic information about how the USGS conducted its studies be made available: As many have observed, transparency delayed is transparency denied."
In addition to pursuing its FOIA request, PCTC filed a Data Quality Act petition in May concerning an article, Coal Tar Sealant Largest Source of PAHs in Lakes, and a related press release, both available on the USGS website.
According to the letter, PCTC is requesting “correction of information disseminated by USGS.” The request is made pursuant to USGS Information Quality Guidelines and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior and Office of management and Budget (OMB).