National authorities can require prevention or clean-up measures in areas of an industrial site that have already been decontaminated or are not directly affected by pollution, an adviser to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has argued.
Advocate general Juliane Kokott was responding to one of three questions sent by a Sicilian court to the ECJ in a case involving Italian authorities and several companies operating near the coastal town of Augusta, Sicily. The firms were required to build a barrier along the seafront as a preventive measure.
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