Council held liable for clean up costs of 100 year old ‘abandoned’ contamination

Be careful when you purchase land you know to be contaminated and be careful when you sell land without remediating known contamination first; these are the lessons learned from the Victorian Supreme Court decision in Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board v Yarra City Council & Ors [2015] VSC 773.

Queensland Bill proposes to extend clean up liability to broad range of ‘related persons’

The Queensland government has responded to increasing public focus on the risk to the State of insolvent companies failing to meet environmental compliance obligations by the rapid introduction of proposed changes to the State’s environmental laws.