Environmental Emergencies: Legal Strategies for Managing Risk

Mitigating Liability and Meeting Regulatory Requirements Before, During and After an Environmental Crisis

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, March 2, 2010

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Course Materials

This CLE course will prepare counsel for the potential legal and business impacts of an environmental crisis and offer guidance on effective proactive and reactive steps, such as environmental risk planning, required notifications and shareholder communications, interacting with investigators, and dealing with lawsuits.


Environmental emergencies come in a variety of forms—a sudden spill into a waterway, an explosion or fire releasing pollutants into the air, or discovery of a previously unknown contaminant threatening soil or groundwater.

An environmental crisis demands legal and business response: notifying environmental regulators and emergency response, ensuring worker and area safety, implementing control and clean-up, as well as dealing with potential third-party tort claims, shareholder communication and insurance coverage.

Government regulators also have specific requirements for businesses to assess and manage environmental risks and plan for environmental emergencies that may occur.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental attorneys examines the regulatory and legal requirements for advance risk management planning and notification compliance. The panel will also discuss managing the legal and business issues that arise during and after the emergency, including disclosure requirements, interaction with investigators, and third-party lawsuits.



  1. Regulatory requirements
    1. From environmental laws and regulations
    2. From worker safety/OSHA laws and regulations
  2. Notification
    1. Sources of notification requirements
    2. Who must be notified
    3. Notification processes
  3. Legal and business management after the emergency
    1. Interacting with state and federal investigators
    2. Third-party tort suits
    3. Communication
    4. Shareholder and public disclosure


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What statutory liabilities can a business incur due to environmental emergencies?
  • What types of private claims are typically seen in response to an environmental crisis?
  • What strategies should businesses and their counsel employ to meet the regulatory requirements from environmental laws and worker safety/OSHA regulation?
  • When and to whom must companies provide notification of an environmental emergency—and what information should be provided?


Ronald J. Tenpas
Ronald J. Tenpas

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

He served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department...  |  Read More

John J. McAleese, III
John J. McAleese, III

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

He concentrates on environmental matters, advising on environmental issues that arise in business transactions...  |  Read More

Jonathan L. Snare
Jonathan L. Snare

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

He focuses on labor-related legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues at the local, state, and federal level....  |  Read More

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