Pollution regulations in the UK are both strict and complex. If you are a landowner or business owner and are concerned about possible legal repercussions following water, air or land pollution on premises, you should contact a solicitor as soon as possible to discuss the situation.
The environmental law experts at Farleys Solicitors can help to ensure you and your business operate within established pollution laws at all times, thus avoiding liability and the prospect of personal injury and illness claims made by third parties.
For more information about UK pollution regulations relating to water, land or air pollution, call 0845 564 3839. Alternatively, email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Land Pollution Law
UK pollution law provides for incentives, designed to encourage land and business owners to avoid creating contaminated land by disposing of waste materials responsible. If the land is contaminated, the law ensures that people working on the land and any future buyers, are aware of its contaminated state:
- If you provide an appropriate amount of money, capable of covering the costs of a clear-up, you will be released from any future liability;
- If, when selling your land, you inform the buyer of the presence of polluting substances and allow the land to be inspected, you will be released from all future liability;
Whether you have acquired contaminated land as part of a business transaction or are worried that you are responsible for land which has been contaminated by another individual, contact an environmental law solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Air Pollution Law
Air pollution levels are closely monitored in the UK. If you are found to be introducing unacceptable levels of pollutants into the air, legal repercussions can be severe. You may also find yourself liable to pay compensation to employees and members of the public who have developed illnesses as a direct result of air pollution.
The National Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland contains basic standards for air quality in the UK, and also recommends objectives designed to improve air quality. These objectives include reductions in the amount of potentially harmful pollutants introduced into the atmosphere such as benzene, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
If you are responsible for the introduction of any of the above pollutants into the atmosphere and are unsure of your legal position, contact an environmental law solicitor.
Water Pollution Law
Common sources of water pollution include:
- oil and fuel dumping;
- radioactive substances;
- agricultural pollution;
To find out if you are at risk of incurring legal action due to excessive water pollution, or to speak to an experienced environmental law solicitor, contact the team at Farleys today.