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Step 2 Check Law
 

You need to know how the law treats environmental impacts.

You can find out which laws may relate with your organisation and where to go for more help.

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Environmental law in the UK has developed over hundreds of years ever since parliament passed laws to clean the river Thames in the 1300s.

UK law has developed around private actions where one person sues another for pollution or nuisance.

Only somebody directly affected can take a case, and then only as an individual. Yet environmental damage can affect lots of people. Since the early 1980s, there has been a major increase in UK parliamentary environment law.



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