October 25, 2019

Becoming a master of disasters: Environmental issues associated with disaster planning and response

Jeff Civins and Michael Scanlon

This article is derived from a paper by the authors that was presented at the June 11, 2019, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources conference in Atlanta on Key Environmental Issues in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4. The full paper (available here) includes a more detailed discussion and references to source materials.

Environmental compliance is always a challenge—and even more so when a disaster strikes. Using the recent explosion of overheated chemicals at the flooded plant of Arkema, Inc. as a jumping-off point, this paper identifies the elements of a disaster, describes the role of environmental law in disaster preparation and response, and makes recommendations for minimizing regulatory risks associated with disaster-related releases.

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