Left to Clear Up the Mess (June 2006, Justine Thornton and Martin Edwards)

Left to Clear Up the Mess (June 2006, Justine Thornton and Martin Edwards)


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This article was originally published in Estates Gazette in June 2006.

“A recent High Court judgment is the most important contaminated land case to date involving the operation of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. In R (on the application of National Grid Gas Plc) v Environment Agency [2006] EWHC 1083 (Admin); [2006] 21 EG 130 (CS), the claimant company was challenging an Environment Agency decision that it was liable for contaminated land that it had inherited on the privatisation of the gas industry. Although the claimant had not caused the contamination, its predecessors had, and it inherited their liabilities by virtue of a statutory transfer scheme…”


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