Business & Corporate
Adapting Business for Climate Change Risk
Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston/Crosby area on August 24, 2017, with a record 39 inches of precipitation over the following six-day period, and 17.54 inches on August 27, 2017 alone. Throughout the storm, the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center received 102 reports of releases of oil or hazardous chemicals. These releases are reported to the NRC where they are not otherwise authorized by permit, thus potentially constituting permit violations, as well as statutory and regulation violations, and possibly also facts that could potentially support claims of negligence, nuisance and trespass. If the facts point to reckless disregard, criminal claims may result.