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Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive in the United Kingdom

Valerie Fogleman

I. Introduction The Environmental Liability Directive (“ELD”)1 was fully transposed into United Kingdom (“UK”) law on 24 July 2009 after a lengthy consultation process. The transposition of the ELD marks a dramatic change in UK environmental law because it is the first European Union (“EU”) polluter-pays law.2 By introducing environmental liability legislation at the EU level, EU law now supplements traditional domestic environmental liability law that has


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