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This article will describe how the courts have utilized the common law to deal with the groundwater pollution problem. I have attempted to examine every groundwater pollution case reported in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.10 All of them, a total of 203, are listed in the Appendices. The purpose of this article is to analyze those cases to determine what rule the courts tend to use in particular kinds of groundwater pollution cases.



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