Contaminated land

Stuart Bell, Donald McGillivray, Ole W. Pedersen, Emma Lees and Elen Stokes

in Environmental Law

Ninth edition

Published on behalf of © Stuart Bell, Donald McGillivray, Ole W. Pedersen, Emma Lees & Elen Stokes 2017

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780198748328
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191811043 | DOI:
Contaminated land

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This chapter considers the set of laws introduced to address the patchy nature of pre-existing regimes. Although its focus is relatively narrow—that is, on the regulation of the clean-up of historically contaminated land—it is always important to bear in mind that the basic building blocks of statutory liability for cleaning up pollution can often be found in subject-specific legislation. The focus on the clean-up of contamination caused by historical sources presents a number of significant challenges, such as when should clean-up be required, to what level, and for what purposes. The most significant of all of these issues, however, is the identification of the party, or parties, responsible for paying the consequences of historic pollution.

Keywords: historically contaminated land; statutory liability; pollution; subject-specific legislation

Chapter.  17359 words. 

Subjects: Environment and Energy Law

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