When environmental and insolvency laws clash, who wins?
Dianne Saxe and Meredith James
When a local industry goes belly up, leaving a polluted mess, who will clean it up? The polluter pay principle is fine as far as it goes, but it doesn’t help much when the polluter has no money.
Recent cases are shining a spotlight on the continuing conflict that occurs between environmental and insolvency laws, when an insolvent entity owns a contaminated site. Environmental regulators want any available assets to be spent on cleanups; to an insolvency court, provincial environmental claims are merely one good claim among many.
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Read this article in the May 2015 Urban Planning/Civic Engagement issue of Municipal World magazine.
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