Paying for pollution: who should be on the hook for environmental harm

Paying for pollution:
who should be on the hook for environmental harm


Our lives invariably cause a level of pollution: we drive, we use chemicals to clean our clothes and our homes, we use a seemingly never ending stream of plastics in our workplaces and homes. Who pays for the pollution that results? The resource extractor, the manufacturer, the retailer, the consumer? Should creditors pay for pollution caused by their borrowers? Should governments pay for pollution that they regulate when it results in harm to the environment of its citizens?


Our laws (both common law and codified) deal with the issue of who pays for restoring environmental harms to varying degrees.


Read more on the ELC blog.


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