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(p. 968) 21. The Law Relating to Land Contamination 

(p. 968) 21. The Law Relating to Land Contamination
(p. 968) 21. The Law Relating to Land Contamination

Elizabeth Fisher

, Bettina Lange

, and Eloise Scotford


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All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter, which aims to provide an overview of both the problem of land contamination and the legal frameworks that relate to it, begins with a discussion of the concept of ‘land contamination’. The multifaceted nature of land contamination is examined and it is shown that land contamination is simultaneously an environmental health issue, a scientific and engineering problem, a socio-political problem, a commercial problem, a planning problem, and a legal problem. The chapter provides an overview of the different legal frameworks and an examination of the definition of ‘contaminated land’, showing how it plays a role in different contexts.

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