Environmental liabilities directive (ARCHIVED)

As chartered surveyors will be aware, there is a greater level of environmental protection and regulation than ever before. The Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/153) introduced wide-ranging new requirements addressing environmental liability. The Regulations apply to environmental damage or the imminent threat of environmental damage to water, land, protected species and natural habitats, and Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

This information paper has been updated to reflect amendments to the Regulations and official guidance, and includes case studies that demonstrate the application of the Regulations since their introduction. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) developed guidance on environmental liability in November 2009, which is an invaluable starting point for all practitioners whose work or advice is likely to be affected by EDR.

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