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Murdoch's Term of the Week: Damage to the Environment

With a new proposed 'carbon tax' dominating the headlines in the lead-up to Budget 2020, perhaps it is time to reacquaint ourselves with the various statutory definitions of damage to the environment. This week's TOTW offers assistance.

 

Environment: Damage To:

(1) Includes damage to all or any of the following: (a) the quality of air or the atmosphere; (b) the quality of water, including coastal and marine areas; (c) the quality of soil; (d) land; (e) landscapes and natural sites; (f) biological diversity, including any component of such diversity, and genetically modified organisms; (g) health and safety of persons and conditions of human life; (h) cultural sites and built environment; and (i) the interaction between all or any of the matters specified in paragraphs (a) to (h): Radiological Protection Act 1991 s.2 as amended by Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 s.35 .

(2) Includes damage to all or any of the following: (a) air and the atmosphere; (b) water, including coastal and marine areas; (c) soil; (d) land; (e) landscapes and natural sites; (f) biological diversity, including any component of such diversity, and genetically modified organisms; (g) health and safety of persons and conditions of human life; (h) cultural sites and built environment; (i) the interaction between all or any of the matters specified in paragraphs (a) to (h): Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 s.4(2). See COSTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.

 

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