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03Dec
2012

Contaminated Sites: Liability for Remediation Know the Risks, Manage the Risks

Any local government that owns or occupies land as a landowner, tenant or occupier has exposure to liability for environmental contamination. These risks do not always terminate when ownership or occupation of a contaminated site has concluded. The purpose of this seminar paper is to provide an overview of the risks and liabilities associated with ownership and occupation of contaminated or possibly contaminated land in British Columbia by local governments.

This paper will leave aside the question of producing and transporting hazardous substances, (although local governments engage in these acts through garbage collection and sewer services), but will instead focus on the routine corporate actions of buying, holding, selling and renting land.

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