Review of tanker salvage stirs controversy over prosecution policy

Most of the recommendations made by an independent review of official involvement in salvage operations during marine pollution emergencies have been accepted by the Government.1 But highly controversial proposals to remove the threat of prosecution from those responsible for "accidental" marine pollution or deliberate discharges during salvage work are to be the subject of a further review - not least because of their implications for other areas of water pollution law.

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