A consultation document has been issued on options for implementing the Environmental Liability Directive in England , Wales and Northern Ireland. The Directive
strengthens the “polluter pays” principle for environmental damage caused to biodiversity, water and land contamination that threatens human health.
Under the Directive, companies that threaten or cause environmental damage will be held strictly liable for prevention of fixing of the damage at their own
expense. It applies to damage occurring from 30 April 2007.
Link: http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2006/061201 ...