Water pollution and acts of vandalism

The extent to which a company can be said to have "caused" pollution when it stems from a potentially foreseeable act of vandalism has been tested in National Rivers Authority v Wright Engineering Company Ltd (Divisional Court, 15 November 1993). The case raised an interesting issue of law, but more importantly underlined the Department of the Environment's failure to honour repeated promises to introduce regulations setting minimum standards for chemical and oil stores.

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