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ENVIRONMENTAL LAW ENVIRONMENTAL LAW- ESSAY Discuss the following principle and its application within EU and UK law The polluter pays 1Introduction The polluter pays principle can be identified as one of the most significant principles that guide Environmental Law Although it is complicated and sometimes diverse it appears to be a main requirement for the regulation of pollution prevention and pollution control However many difficulties have risen in its application to both national and international fields therefore a detailed explanation and identification of the principle is essential to be done If anyone intentionally spoils the water of anotherlet him not only pay damages but purify the stream or cistern which contains the water Plato This is in a very general way the meaning of the polluter pays principle more likely the origins of the principle It applies to any kind of pollution and it has been discussed for many years or centuries as one may say But currently it is relevant as a principle of the latest developments of environmental law mostly related to the European Community Law It was the OECD which suggested the policy that the person who was responsible for creating the pollution shall be charged with the cost of the pollution prevention control and restoration measures and the UNECE one of the first that began to take into account such principle The OECD defines the polluter pays as a means of ensuring that the polluter or resource consumer should be charged with the cost of whatever pollution prevention and control measures are determined by the public authorities The PPP was gradually adopted in the legislation of the UK as it was embedded in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environment Act 1995 But before that
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