Site contamination has emerged in the past few decades as a major public health and environmental problem for many developed countries. It is a complex issue that requires a dedicated, comprehensive regulatory framework. Although site contamination is a relatively recent phenomenon in developing countries, the need to formulate a strong regulatory response in those countries is pressing. This article reviews the development of national laws on site contamination and the need for a model law to assist countries in responding to the issue. The structure of a proposed model law is then set out, dealing with each regulatory aspect of site contamination, from the earliest stages of prevention and identification to the final stages of post-remediation and site closure. Importantly, there is a discussion as to how the model law could be adapted to reflect the needs and conditions of individual countries, with a particular emphasis on developing countries.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Environmental and Planning Law Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2015|