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Annual Georgia Environmental Conference

OBG recently presented an Early Session Workshop during the Annual Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) on August 24, 2016 in Jekyll Island, GA. The workshop on emergency response management, moderated by OBG's Larry Mailzzi, PG, featured speakers from Gallagher Marine Systems, Moran Environmental Recovery, KEMRON Environmental Services, Global Risk Solutions, and King & Spaulding. 

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Emergency Response: Managing Liabilities During the Initial Response to a Hazardous Material Release

A release of hazardous materials can be a dramatic and stressful event that can cause risk to human health, damage to property, and adverse environmental impacts. Whether the cause is human error, equipment failure, or a natural disaster, the overall approaches to managing these liabilities are similar. This session will provide an interactive overview of emergency response activities with a special emphasis on the management of various liabilities during the first 48 hours of an oil or hazardous material release. Potential liabilities that will be discussed are associated with: overall spill management, managing regulatory expectations, clean up techniques and equipment, insurance considerations, community air inhalation hazards, worker health and safety/exposure, protecting natural/cultural resources during release and clean up, Natural Resource Damage Assessment issues, waste management, land leasing/acquisition, media sampling, and impacts to drinking/industrial water intakes. The panel will incorporate their extensive emergency response experience into this discussion by using a fictitious scenario along coastal Georgia and by referring to case studies from numerous marine, railroad, pipeline, tank, and industrial releases.