Civil Liability Relief for Brownfields Developers
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: THE YEAR IN REVIEW 2006, Stanley Berger, Dianne Saxe, eds., Aurora, Ontario: Canada Law Book, 2007
10 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2011
Date Written: 31 12, 2006
The paper examines the extent to which state and federal governments in the United States seek to stimulate brownfields redevelopment by legislating immunity against third-party civil (common law) liability for "innocent" owners or operators who purchase contaminated land. Surveying developments in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia, it shows that such liability relief is uncommon, narrow, and largely unknown to brownfields lawyers. It concludes by identifying implications for Canadian lawmakers grappling with similar issues.
Keywords: brownfields, contaminated land, liability relief
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