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If your business carries out activities that cause environmental damage, a new piece of legislation means that you will have to remedy the damage, and you will no longer have to be prosecuted first. If there is a risk of damage from your business activities, you must prevent such damage occurring. On 1 March 2009 the Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations brought into force for England new rules (the Environmental Liability Directive) to force polluters to prevent and repair environmental damage that they have caused. This is known as the 'polluter pays' principle. The regulations are likely to be