Pays principle is a normative doctrine of environmental law.
Olivastri says that means commercial and industrial polluters
, and governments as well, must heed their duties to safeguard the environment.
Why should polluters
have the right to keep their crimes a secret?
Lawyers clarify the power of government agencies to do what the activists are demanding and assist in the assessment of available strategies to determine which will have the most impact on the polluter
However, a liability-based system should not be used as an economic incentive for the cleanup of old sites unless the current site owner is also the true polluter
However, in early June, EPA proposed offering polluters
a six-year extension on meeting emissions standards in exchange for voluntarily committing to 90-95% emission cuts before the final regulations are announced in November.
With other critics, they say state environmental regulators don't do enough to hold polluters
accountable, and that limiting local suits would encourage more pollution that jeopardizes public health.
However, land owners should be aware that under the contaminated land regime established by Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (the EPA) a polluter
is not just a person who causes pollution but also someone who "knowingly permits" environmental damage.
THE 205mph Lamborghini Diablo (pictured) is the worst polluter
Some experts say the shortfall is affecting Superfund's twofold mandate: to identify parties responsible for contamination at specific sites and hold them liable for cleanup, and to address "orphaned" sites, where the responsible polluter
can't be located or doesn't have the resources to clean up the site.
's Haven also identifies irregularities in the MOE's lists of polluters
published on their website.
The United States faces new challenges in the courts over its climate policies despite denying that the world's biggest polluter
is responsible for global warming.