February 19, 2020

An ELI Public Webinar

Prized for its strength, flexibility, abundance, and corrosion proof properties, asbestos was previously used in an enormous breadth of manufactured products. While widespread industrial sales and installation of asbestos-containing products and materials in the United States ended in the 1970s, tons of asbestos remain in communities as a legacy from its previous ubiquity. Today scientists, policy-makers, and populations-at-large know that exposure to asbestos' fibers can be lethal, causing a number of fatal diseases. In many areas, yesterday's asbestos use is today's health hazard, especially as asbestos does not diminish over time and as it becomes brittle it is likely to release hazardous fibers into the environment.

What are the environmental and public health impacts of asbestos? How are they confronted in defense litigation? How can attorneys become more equipped to maneuver asbestos defense litigation? What is the scope of the government’s liability and responsibility in asbestos cases? Panelists engaged in these questions and more as they explored current issues with respect to asbestos litigation, risk and exposure assessment, best practices for court preparation, and more.

Luda Kopelovich, MPH, Business Manager, Cardno Chemrisk, Moderator
Mark A. Behrens, Co-Chair, Public Policy Practice Group, and Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Michelle Potter, Vice President, KCIC
Ania Urban, Ph.D., MPH, Supervising Health Scientist, Cardno ChemRisk

PLEASE NOTE: No additional materials or recording of this event will be available.

February 19, 2020

Co-sponsored by ELI and the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, the Energy, Environment and Land Use Program, the Urban Green Lab, Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network, and the Nashville Food Waste Initiative

Tatiana Schlossberg, a New York-based journalist who has reported on climate change and the environment for the New York Times, will discuss her book, Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have.

Schlossberg’s book focuses on how ordinary, everyday practices connect to climate change, from the jeans we wear to online streaming services. In addition to her reporting for the Science and Climate sections of the New York Times, Schlossberg’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg and Yale Environment 360, among other venues.