An environmental pollution insurance policy that covers own-site clean up enforced by the regulatory agencies has been launched by the new UK subsidiary of a US environmental insurers ECS Underwriting amid claims that it is a UK first. Another pollution policy covers third party injury or property damage for gradual as well as sudden pollution. However, applicant firms must have already reached a certain environmental standard. They must pass an initial environmental audit conducted by an approved environmental consultancy but paid for by themselves, and then pass annual reviews, again conducted by external consultancies but paid for by ECS. More information on (071) 711 0222.