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On March 21 2017, Trench Rossi Watanabe hosted an information session regarding the “New Rules for the Management of Contaminated Areas in the State of São Paulo”. At this event, experts discussed the key issues and most controversial aspects of CETESB’s new Board Decision nº. 38/2017/C. Highlights 1.  Validity and Enforcement of the new Decision: Immediate enforcement of the new Decision with regards to technical reports must be submitted to CETESB from the date of…

Often cited as a foundation of environmental law in Canada (and elsewhere), the “polluter pays” principle posits that polluters should (at least at first instance) be the immediate party responsible for the costs and damages relating to the contamination they cause.  In fact, the preamble to the federal Canadian Environmental Protection Act expressly endorses this principle: “Whereas the Government of Canada recognizes the responsibility of users and producers in relation to toxic substances and pollutants…