The ESG Weekly: Dam failure floods a Dow Chemical complex threatening toxic sites, the physical risk of climate change
May 29, 2020 · 17 min
Climate change has increased the frequency and severity of flooding, exposing companies with operations that abut or lay within the US Federal Emergency Management Area designated flood zones to possible damage. The breaching of two dams in Central Michigan this month resulted in historic flooding that mixed with Dow's chemical containment ponds and may have stirred up toxic sediment at a downstream superfund site where Dow is the responsible party. But could investors or the company have guessed the disaster would occur ?