Introduction

Chapter

Abstract

This chapter introduces the subject of site contamination, firstly in the broader context of environmental law and then in its own right. It traces the development of environmental law over time, and the more recent emergence of, and responses to, the site contamination issue. The reasons for particular legislative approaches to the issue, and how these have developed over the past few decades, are briefly discussed. This chapter considers the terminology of site contamination, and how it can be distinguished from similar and/or closely related issues such as soil pollution and brownfields.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.TanundaAustralia

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