have no place bankrolling or participating in the UN climate talks.
The government had proposed annual limits on the amount of carbon that major polluters
can emit and supported a system whereby companies could exceed their limits if they agreed to buy carbon trading permits.
He said the Environment Agency's next step was to calculate what the percentage liability of the various polluters
was - but he refused to put a timescale on when investigations would be finished.
This vacuum has meant that two of the three traditional ways in which polluters
have been called to account--through public outrage and private lawsuits--have gained no traction.
Moreover, he says, in the absence of standards for the cleanup of contaminated sites and limits for the disposal of wastes on land, polluters
are not legally bound to clean up a site unless ordered by judicial intervention to do so.
It is unclear what has encouraged the adoption of the polluter
pays principle in the United States, the European Community, and Japan.
"It made sense to pool our resources internationally to go up against big polluters
, which often have large legal teams.
Agriculture is a worse polluter
than industry, according to a report released by the Baltic Sea commission.
A legal principle will be introduced across the whole EU under which the polluter
The Supreme Court of Canada upheld the right of the Minister to use the "polluter
pay principle" contained in environmental legislation, to impose an obligation on a party responsible for contamination of the environment to perform clean-up work at its own expense.
In a ruling this past fall, the Supreme Court of Canada backed the so-called "polluter
pays" principle that is found in almost every environmental law across the country, saying a healthy environment must be preserved now and for future generations.
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