Contaminated Land Strategy

Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance


Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 came into force in April 2000. Commonly referred to as the Contaminated Land Regulations, this legislation provides a legal definition of contaminated land. It introduced a new legal framework for the identification and remediation of contaminated land.

The regulations place a duty on local authorities to inspect their area to identify contaminated land and ensure the person or organisation responsible for the contamination clean up.

​Defining contaminated land

Part 2A provides a statutory definition of contaminated land although it should be noted that a site, which is considered to be contaminated land, would be subject to a robust scientific assessment before determination as contaminated land.

The statutory definition will not extend to all land where contamination is found to be present. The determining factor on whether a site will be considered as statutory contaminated land will be the degree of possible harm the contamination may cause on a site.

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1 April 2012
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