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Liability for land contamination

The occurrence of land contamination is a problem that is a reality for many companies. Knowledge about the 85,000 suspected or detected contaminated objects in Sweden is continually improving. Often, the action(s) that caused the contamination was taken many decades ago, which makes it complicated to assess who or what subject is responsible for the remediation of the contamination.

We assists our clients in all aspects of liability regarding contaminated land. This may include responding to orders from the supervisory authority, advice on environmental law in case of development in contaminated areas, liability investigations (investigating who is responsible for taking remedial actions) and pursuing recourse processes. The legal development is rapidly advancing towards an increasingly extensive responsibility for business operators as a way of meeting Sweden’s environmental quality objective “A Non-Toxic Environment”. This legal development poses a greater risk for both business operators and real estate owners when potential responsibility for an existing contamination may appear where one least anticipates it. Setterwalls’ environmental lawyers have vast experience of environmental law advice regarding contaminated land and have participated in several guiding processes that have advanced legal developments. Setterwalls is regularly employed by both Swedish and international clients in major cases regarding contaminated land.

 

Setterwalls’ environmental law team is made up of specialists with many years’ experience in issues relating to environmental and energy law. We work closely with our clients and depending on the nature of the matter, we put together a team of experts tailoring the legal work according to requirements and needs. We also offer courses in commercial environmental law that increase the understanding of environmental law of companies and organizations. Contact us for more information. Feel free to sign up for our newsletters and invitations to seminars.

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