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NEW CONTAMINATED LAND REGIME WILL MEET PATCHY RESPONSE

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An article in The Independent (p10) predicts varying responses from councils to the new regime for cleaning up cont...
An article in The Independent (p10) predicts varying responses from councils to the new regime for cleaning up contaminated land.

Last week the department of environment published guidance which is a prerequisite for new regulations which will force companies to detoxify sites which they are responsible for polluting.

Councils will have to rely on government grants to tackle 'orphan sites' - places where whoever caused the contamination cannot be traced, have ceased trading or cannot afford to pay, The Independent reports.

David Cuckson, a solicitor with a City firm who specialises in environmental law, says: 'Some (councils) are keen to do something about contaminated land, others don't see it as having any priority. The problem for councils is that having identified problem sites, they might end up not being able to identify the polluters, or they could plead hardship.'
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