Scots overturn contaminated land decision

KPMG is now liable for cleaning up derelict mining sites across Scotland following a court decision. The country is also consulting on restoring coal mining sites.

A decision allowing liquidators of two bankrupt mining firms to abandon derelict sites in Scotland has been overturned.

On 17 July 2013, the Scottish Court of Session in Edinburgh had ruled that KPMG was not liable for the costs of remediating mines formerly owned by the Scottish Coal Company and Aardvark Ltd (ENDS Report 463, p21).

It had estimated that the cost of keeping the sites in line with environmental requirements was nearly £500,000 a month (ENDS Report 464, p20).

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