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CMS Soil and Groundwater Contamination Guide

April 2019

From the 1970s onwards, soil and groundwater contamination has become an increasingly important regulatory issue. However, there are still no uniform regulations. Numerous sets of rules have been developed which, among other things, aim to protect soil and groundwater and have led to standardisation throughout Europe and the world. These sets of rules include, for example, laws on the transport of dangerous goods, laws governing chemicals and laws relating to emission control. However, questions such as how to deal with contamination and who is responsible for its elimination can be answered only for the respective legal system.

The purpose of this guide is to assist with an initial risk assessment and to provide practical advice regarding the particularities of each of the 24 legal systems covered. However, owing to the large number of scenarios, this guide does not constitute legal advice. On the following pages, CMS environmental law experts present an overview by answering a set of eleven questions according to their respective jurisdiction, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

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Portrait of Kostadin Sirleshtov
Kostadin Sirleshtov
Managing Partner
Sofia
Portrait of Ulrike Glueck
Dr. Ulrike Glueck
Managing Partner
Shanghai
Portrait of Sarah Wang
Sarah Wang
Senior Associate
Shanghai
Portrait of Daniel Rodríguez, LL.M.
Daniel Rodríguez, LL.M.
Partner
Bogotá
Portrait of Lukáš Janíček
Lukáš Janíček
Partner
Prague
Portrait of Céline Cloché-Dubois
Céline Cloché-Dubois
Partner
Paris
Portrait of Anne Plisson
Anne Plisson
Associate
Paris
Portrait of Christian Scherer
Dr. Christian Scherer
Partner
Cologne
Portrait of Gábor Czike
Gábor Czike
Partner
Budapest
Portrait of Serena Carroli
Serena Carroli
Senior Associate
Rome
Portrait of Pietro Cavasola
Pietro Cavasola
Managing Partner
Rome
Portrait of Sophie Marquet
Sophie Marquet
Partner
Monaco
Portrait of Luurt Wildeboer
Luurt Wildeboer
Counsel
Amsterdam
Portrait of Robert Keisler
Robert Keisler
Partner
Vienna
Portrait of Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger
Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger
Attorney-at-Law
Vienna
Portrait of Agnieszka Skorupińska
Agnieszka Skorupińska
Partner, Head of Environmental Law Practice, CEE and Poland
Warsaw
Portrait of Mónica Carneiro Pacheco
Mónica Carneiro Pacheco
Partner
Lisbon
Portrait of Bernardo Cunha Ferreira
Bernardo Cunha Ferreira
Managing Associate
Lisbon
Portrait of Varinia Radu
Varinia Radu
Partner
Bucharest
Portrait of Ramona Dulamea
Ramona Dulamea
Senior Associate
Bucharest
Portrait of Michal Huťan
Michal Huťan
Partner
Bratislava
Portrait of Javier Torre de Silva
Javier Torre de Silva
Partner
Madrid
Portrait of Sibylle Schnyder
Dr Sibylle Schnyder, LL.M.
Partner
Zurich
Portrait of Volodymyr Kolvakh
Volodymyr Kolvakh
Senior Associate
Kyiv (CMS CMNO)
Portrait of Anatolii Doludenko
Anatolii Doludenko
Associate
Kyiv (CMS CMNO)
Portrait of Olivia Jamison
Olivia Jamison
Partner
London
Portrait of Döne Yalçın
Döne Yalçın
Managing Partner Turkey
Istanbul
Portrait of Sinan Abra
Sinan Abra
Gregory Verhelst
Raya Maneva
Aldo Poblete
Markéta Škvorová
Dr. Anne Rausch
Péter Simon
Jérôme Guillot
Sarah Rolland
Elvira Baars
Ivan-Serge Brouhns
Karol Jaworecki
Mrs Daniela Popescu
Paul Sheridan
Partner
London
Valentina Keys
Laura Gunn
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