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Recent Accomplishments

Input Provided to US and EU Governments Pursuant to Sound Policy and Practice - Comments submitted to US DOI in response to NRDA regulation Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Comments submitted to multiple US Government departments regarding Superfund, regulatory reform, financial assurance; Testimony delivered before joint hearing of European Parliament's Legal and Environment Committees; and more.

Coming Up

Moving Actions from Group's 11th Natural Resources Symposium Forward - A Post-Symposium Discussion Group is working to launch a set of targeted actions, following the 11th Natural Resources Symposium "Blueprint for Change: New Approaches and Needed Changes to Manage Natural Resource Risks, Liabilities and Opportunities" held at The George Washington University Law School on September 25-26, 2018. See here for details.

US Meetings - The Group will convene a Half-Day Seminar on Third Party Neutral Approaches in the NRDA and Other Contexts in collaboration with the Federal Bar Association and the D.C. Bar in Washington, DC in April 2019.

EU Meetings - Plans are underway for the Group's multi-stakeholder Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) Case/Site Review Session in Brussels (March or November 2019); Group will participate in the Commission's 6th ELD Stakeholder Workshop in Brussels in March 2019.

Ongoing Activities

Regulatory Reform - The Group is leading the way within industry - and working with stakeholders outside of industry as well - on possible federal regulatory and other reforms which can improve current practice related to natural resource liabilities and opportunities. Contact us for further details or to get involved.

International Advisory Committee - In recognition of global synergies in natural resource related practice, the Group is establishing an International Advisory Committee comprised of public and private sector experts in variety of disciplines to provide insight on current state-of-the-art and serve as a sounding board for developing practices.

Restoration Banking - The Group is exploring ways to expand possible use of restoration banking and other innovative concepts to resolve liabilities and restore natural resources across a variety of geographical scales. Contact us for further details or to get involved.

Business/Industry Surveys - The Group is issuing targeted surveys related to NRD practice in the US and ELD practice in Europe to better hone in on what companies need most and related best practices.


Our 31st Year

The Ad-Hoc Industry Natural Resource Management Group (Group) is a multi-sector company group, established in 1988, that is uniquely focused on the intersection between natural resources (air, water, land, species) and industrial, energy and transportation activities - prevention, liability, restoration, optimization. As far as we know, we are the only such group anywhere in the world. Our members include some of the world's largest multi-national companies in diverse sectors and some have been members for decades (the best indicator that this Group adds value). We also have an Affiliates program of law firms, consulting firms, and other practitioners that enrich the value of the program for our members with their specialized expertise.

We save our member companies time and money, help preserve and enhance reputation, and provide tools to ensure successful process and outcomes (including best practices not found elsewhere), all of which helps our members navigate a complex, highly site-specific and rapidly changing landscape. This is a year of unprecedented opportunity to shape the ways businesses approach management of natural resource issues and assets and we have never been as busy.


Companies that (a) transport oil or hazardous waste by rail, pipeline or vessel; (b) engage in natural resource extraction operations; (c) operate in Europe near Natura 2000 protected areas; (d) are remediating Superfund, sediments and other sites; (e) have operations that could result in an oil spill or a release of a hazardous substance in proximity to a natural resource can greatly benefit from association with this Group. Its extensive legal, technical and cross-discipline resources, base of knowledge and experience, track record, ongoing collaborations and connections are second to none in helping member companies navigate the complex of strategy options in site-specific situations and in setting corporate-wide policies and protocols.

The Group was founded in 1988 and its original founders included GE, 3M, Phelps Dodge (now Freeport McMoRan); United States Steel, ARCO (now BP); and Asarco. Our core group of members has greatly grown over the years and a large number of the world's largest companies in every key sector have participated.

2019 continues to be a time of unprecedented opportunities in how business approaches a host of natural resource related issues and activities. We intend to seize upon these opportunities and invite your participation with us.

The Group is engaged in continuing dialogue and practice exchange within the broad business/industrial community and with a wide array of governmental authorities and other stakeholders in a continuing effort to shape policies and practices on natural resource liability regimes and many related matters that are well founded in law and science and are cost-effective but permit maximum innovation and flexibility too.

The Group's activities are broad, but mainly centered around two key areas of activity.

  • The Group supports its member companies by making available continually updated information and resources (all in one place and nowhere else to be found), on a wide array of issues implicit in the natural resource/business interface. The Group has an extensive one of a kind database of precedents, contacts, projects, cost information, published and unpublished literature, legal defenses, settlement and methodological approaches, and more -- and it alone is the reason that some companies are members of this Group. It saves time and money and ensures that companies are not having to start from scratch or reinvent the wheel. Group members are building on an extensive base of practical knowledge and experience and as such, jump starting the process to address specific corporate or site/project needs and goals.

  • The Group works to ensure sound policies and practices worldwide, inclusive of regulations, guidance, and non-regulatory approaches to the natural resource/business interface via direct comments, white papers and seminal multi-stakeholder meetings convened to address natural resource-related best practices. In addition to unparalleled experience and expertise on the natural resource damage liability laws of the United States and the related Directives of Europe (notably the Environmental Liability Directive) and regimes of other nations worldwide, we are also focused on a wide array of "side issues" - financial security, climate change, water and groundwater, endangered species, remediation, contaminated sediments, emergency response, crisis management, biodiversity and more. See our mission statement here.

We support companies company-wide and site-specific in the US, Europe and around the globe on the full continuum of activity at the natural resources/business interface - prevention, risk management, liability management, resource restoration and optimization, sustainability and yes, corporate social responsibility. The Group is a proven leader in the US and Europe on natural resource liability matters and we are also active on every other continent. In addition to our partnering within industry and with government and others, including universities, we are proud to partner with many world class law firms and consulting firms - Group "Affiliates" - in our activities too.

Companies in diverse sectors that have US, European or worldwide operations that develop, utilize or affect natural resources should take a close look at possible membership in this Group.


We welcome new company members and new Affiliates.

Contact our Executive Director, Barbara Goldsmith (bjg@nrdonline.org), today to obtain current information on the Group and how you can become part of it.

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