The Non-polluter Pays: Recent Trends in Clean-up Liability for Innocent Companies, Directors and Officers
Paul H. Manning, LL.B., LL.M.
Certified Specialist in Environmental Law
Manning Environmental Law
The Ministry of the Environment has successfully imposed liability for cleaning up land contamination on innocent landowners, who did not cause that contamination. More recently, the MOE's success has extended to the imposition of personal liability for clean-up on corporate directors and officers, even where they were appointed after the contamination occurred.
These decisions have important implications for companies that own or acquire land and for existing and prospective directors and officers.
Read the three articles (inks below) that discuss the cases and issues in presented by Paul in some more detail.