Waste and Chemical Management in a 4°C World

February 2023
ELR 10114
Michael B. Gerrard

Many chemicals and hazardous substances are kept in places that can withstand ordinary rain, but not severe storms or floods. If these events occur and the chemicals are released, people and the environment may be endangered. This Article discusses the hazards posed to chemical and waste disposal facilities by extreme weather events that would be worsened as a result of climate change, and how U.S. laws do (or do not) deal with these hazards; and considers how the law would need to change to cope with what would happen to these facilities in a potentially 4°C world. It is adapted from a new book by the Environmental Law Collaborative (Katrina Kuh & Shannon Roesler eds., ELI Press forthcoming 2023).

Michael B. Gerrard is Professor and Faculty Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School. The third edition of his book Global Climate Change and U.S. Law (co-edited with Jody Freeman and Michael Burger) is being published in 2023 by the American Bar Association.

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