First case at last under Part IIA contaminated land regime

A piece of environmental law history was made in June when the first trial under the contaminated land regime was held at a court in Kent more than four years after it came into force. A property development business which built houses on a site affected by landfill gas lost its appeal against a remediation notice - underlining how careful developers need to be to avoid creating "pollutant linkages" which make them, rather than the original polluters, liable for the clean-up costs.

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