Contaminated land and liability policy stuck in the mire

Twelve months after it abandoned plans to set up registers of contaminative land uses, the Government has issued a consultation paper setting out its revised thinking on contaminated land and liability policy.1 While tinkering at the edges of current law, the paper shows little sign that the Government has found ways of tackling the difficulties of remediating contaminated land within the present legal framework, or of raising funds for clean-up work.

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