Magazine article Public Management

ICMA Launches Environmental Liability Project

Magazine article Public Management

ICMA Launches Environmental Liability Project

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The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has launched the Environmental Liability Outreach (ELO) project to increase awareness of the importance of environmental liability and provide assistance to local officials dealing with this issue. Environmental liability is a legal obligation to make a future expenditure due to past or ongoing manufacture, use, release, threatened release of a particular substance, or other activities that adversely affect the environment and human health. ELO will be implemented through the ICMA managed Local Government Environmental Assistance Network (LGEAN), a "first-stop shop" providing environmental management, planning, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers, and staff.

ELO is funded by the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI), a nonprofit organization created to serve public, private, and nonprofit organizations as a dynamic, forward thinking resource for practical enhancement of risk management. PERI, a new LGEAN partner, fulfills this mission by promoting synergy among existing organizations, serving as a catalyst for innovation in the risk management field, and providing resources to address key needs in risk management. The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), formerly the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, will also join the LGEAN partnership under the ELO project. …

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