THE EUROPEAN Commission has clarified its plans to propose a directive on environmental liability this year; Brussels is inviting comments on a new working paper, which could see chemical companies being forced to pay for the removal of serious pollution.

This paper confirms that liability would not be retrospective. It said: "In case of doubt, the operator would have to establish that the cause of the damage occurred before the entry into force of the regime."

It also made clear the type of operation that would be subject to a ...

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