Common law and historical groundwater pollution - a "polluters' charter"?
In a highly significant judgement, the High Court has ruled that a water company has no remedy in civil law for historical pollution of groundwater caused by industrial storage and handling of solvent. The decision not only dilutes further the doctrine of strict liability established in common law in the mid-19th century, but also safeguards industrial management from action under negligence where the polluting consequences of a past activity could not reasonably have been foreseen at the time it was carried out.
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