EPA Update Program
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th)
IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE STORMS: EPA’s Response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Description: This program will provide information about the conditions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (and how those conditions have evolved in the weeks and months after the storms), and explain EPA’s legal role in the response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In the context of providing information about EPA response efforts, we will explain the legal structure that governs federal government response work generally (primarily the Stafford Act); and we will also explain our role in the subsequent “recovery” phase. We will describe some of the legal and logistical challenges that we and other response agencies have faced in providing assistance. We will also share information about some of the force majeure claims that have been asserted, and regulatory waivers and “no action assurances” that we have provided under environmental statutes, to entities unable to fully comply with environmental legal requirements. Examples include waivers of restrictions on the kinds of fuel and the kinds of generators that can be used on the islands; emergency exemptions from certain dredging and ocean disposal requirements; an emergency exemption under FIFRA to allow the distribution of water disinfection tablets; and others.
Walter Mugdan, Esq., Director,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Emergency and Remedial Response Division
Marla Wieder, Esq. Assistant Regional Counsel
Office of Regional Counsel New York Caribbean Superfund Branch/ Regional Criminal Enforcement Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
This program is free, but pre-registration is required. Register online below or email Kathy Plog at firstname.lastname@example.org