The State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) are hosting a webinar on November 18 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET to celebrate the release of the State Impact Center’s new book, Looking Back to Move Forward: Resolving Health & Environmental Crises.
The webinar will explore efforts to resolve seven major health and environmental liability and compensation crises, and the lessons that can be drawn from those efforts as the courts and Congress respond to emerging challenges such as the opioid epidemic, PFAS contamination and the climate crisis. Looking Back to Move Forwardis the culmination of the State Impact Center’s Health & Environmental Settlements Project.
State Impact Center Executive Director David J. Hayes, author of the book’s synthesis chapter, will moderate a discussion among contributing authors. Participating authors on environmental crises will include John Cruden and Joshua Van Eaton discussing the settlement of Clean Air Act claims against Volkswagen for “Dieselgate”; Liz Klein on the settlement of claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill; and Katherine Probst on the enactment and implementation of the Superfund program. The webinar will also feature Carol Jones of ELI on the asbestos mass health crisis; Hampden T. Macbeth on the childhood vaccine crisis of the 1980s; Joelle Lester and Kerry Cork (via video recording) on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement; and Logan Page on the pathway to providing relief to the DES Daughters through the development of market-share liability.