Impact of Environmental Criminal Enforcement on Disaster Response
University of Houston Law Center
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
The U.S. Department of Treasury
The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program
Human and Social
Social Science Research
Human and/or Institutional Capacity
This study will aid future responses to environmental incidents and releases in the Texas Gulf region by shedding light on the true risks of environmental enforcement after disasters, and offer suggestions on how best to promote effective and speedy disclosure and cleanup in light of those risks. This research will assemble a database of all major industrial disasters in the United States since 2000, focusing on incidents that have occurred in the Texas Gulf Region.
Grant funds to support a study whether industrial disasters actually trigger environmental criminal investigation or enforcement and the degree to which these fears and concerns about criminal liability have hampered or constrained first responses to disasters. This research will assemble a database of all major industrial disasters in the United States since 2000.