Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: Mitigating Risks and Emergency Response Planning
Release Reporting, Site Remediation, Permits and Emergency Authorizations
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will advise environmental counsel on the legal considerations and management of issues presented by catastrophic weather events and climate change. The panel will discuss creating emergency response plans for weather, impacts on regulatory standards and response to upset conditions, handling spill and release reporting, and/or site remediation and remedy resilience. The panel’s discussion will include best practices and practical advice for clients on mitigating the risks of environmental liability intensified by climate change and associated volatile weather events.
- Recent trends in climate change and severe weather events
- Emergency planning and risk mitigation
- Spill, release, and/or excess emission reporting
- Site remediation and remedy resilience
- Emergency authorizations
- Best practices and mitigating risks
The panel will address these and other key topics:
- What are the most recent trends in environmental regulation and severe weather events?
- How can counsel mitigate environmental risk related to climate change and resultant weather?
- How has emergency planning and permitting been impacted by severe weather?
- What types of spill, release, or upset/excess emission notifications are implicated with impacts to weather-damaged facilities?
- How have remediation activities at contaminated sites been impacted by severe weather and storms and lessons learned from these examples?
- What are the possible implications of climate change for site remediation enforcement?
Samuel L. Brown
Hunton Andrews Kurth
A former U.S. EPA lawyer, Mr. Brown brings deep knowledge and practical experience to his clients’ environmental... | Read More
A former U.S. EPA lawyer, Mr. Brown brings deep knowledge and practical experience to his clients’ environmental concerns, helping them navigate the demands of regulatory agencies, ensure facility and corporate compliance, respond to government investigations, and defend against enforcement actions. He assists private and public sector clients in addressing domestic and international environmental and natural resource matters that impact their business and operations. Mr. Brown has a substantive focus on surface and drinking water quality, wetlands, oceans, and groundwater matters under the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and other federal and state authorities.Close
Gregory R. Wall
Hunton Andrews Kurth
With over 15-years of experience in environmental law, Mr. Wall assists clients in regulatory counseling,... | Read More
With over 15-years of experience in environmental law, Mr. Wall assists clients in regulatory counseling, enforcement defense, litigation, and transactional matters. His experience in both private and public practice, in particular at EPA, provides him the ability to navigate the regulatory process with an informed understanding of government decision-making and strategies for efficiently resolving complex legal and policy issues. Mr. Wall has significant experience related to the acquisition and sale of environmentally-impaired property, conducting voluntary cleanups, and the re-development of brownfield sites, including for renewable energy projects, as well as advising clients on EPA regulations and policies across a diverse client base, including oil & gas, electric utility, chemical, mining and marine transport.Close
David C. McSweeney
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Mr. McSweeney’s practice focuses on environmental, health, and safety matters, especially those involving the... | Read More
Mr. McSweeney’s practice focuses on environmental, health, and safety matters, especially those involving the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and RCRA. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with energy clients, including oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids companies, pipelines and utilities, manufacturers, banking institutions, and other private and private institutional clients. In addition to a myriad of matters related to environmental permitting, transactional negotiation, compliance, enforcement defense, and related litigations, He provides experienced corporate counseling for institutional clients regarding issues associated with environmental, social, and governance concerns, including internal assessments and auditing, reporting and disclosure concerns, with a focus on climate change. He has led environmental legal due diligence, and transactional negotiations for asset and equity transactions, brownfield redevelopments, EHS related incident investigations and has coordinated response and remedial actions for hazardous environmental releases.Close