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Title: Developments in British environmental law

Decisions on whether or not to build nuclear power plants are increasingly settled in the courts because of conflicting interests in the growth of electric power demand and environmental protection that has led to a breakdown in public order. Lawyers share the same sense of bewilderment as lay people over nuclear as well as noise, smoke, and other types of environmental questions. The author reviews British criminal and civil law to see how the courts have dealt with pollution issues in the past. Public inquiry over a proposed development has triggered many of Britain's major law and environment problems, the Windscale inquiry being a notable example. A reluctance to legislate is an underlying factor in the trend toward inquiry and litigation. 139 references.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6407658
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nat. Resour. J.; (United States); Journal Volume: 24:3
Research Org:
Cambridge Univ., England
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; CASE LAW; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; INTERVENORS; UNITED KINGDOM; LAWSUITS; LEGAL ASPECTS; POLLUTION LAWS; PUBLIC OPINION; EUROPE; GOVERNMENT POLICIES; LAWS; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; POWER PLANTS; THERMAL POWER PLANTS; WESTERN EUROPE 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety