Kim Burke, Co-Chair of Taft's Environmental Practice Group, will serve as an Evaluator for USEPA's and the Local Emergency Planning Committee's May 16, 2011 National Emergency Drill on hazardous substance releases during an earthquake. The drill is entitled "Shaken Horizons," and will focus on the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana's New Madrid Fault. The drill will include derailment and puncture of a number of tank cars containing chemicals. This drill was planned long before the recent earthquake in Japan.
Mr. Burke will serve at the Hamilton County Regional Operations Center evaluating performance during the drill. He has served as counsel in a number of catastrophic explosions and fires, and assists clients in emergency response, restructuring production, reconstruction, enforcement defense and negotiation, and disaster planning.